After getting a start in middle school, I made the leap to fifth grade and have never looked back. This is my 20th year in teaching and I still get a charge when I close the classroom door and my students and I get down to the business of learning.
Why is it that teachers are dragging at the end of the day while our kids are still brimming with energy? We're working too hard, that's why. Let's agree that our students need to be working at least as hard as we are, okay? Set an engaging stage and then allow students to work together to construct their own meaningful experiences. I tell my students all the time, "The one who does the work is the one who does the learning." Who's working harder in your classroom?
The mother of a former student posted on Facebook that following the end of the school year, she asked her daughter what her favorite thing about fifth grade was and she responded that it was having me for a teacher. When I visited my son's high school for an awards assembly last year, a former student, now a 17-year-old lineman on the school's varsity football team, spotted me, ran up and gave me a big bear hug. It doesn't get any better than when you see that you left a mark, does it?
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!); M.A. in Elementary Education from University of North Carolina - Greensboro; National Board certified since 2000 and certified in Academically-Intellectually Gifted education.
Love my hubs, my three boys, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the family dogs. When I'm not trying to exceed my daily Fit Bit step goal, I like to spend my free time on our screened in porch listening to the garden fountain and Pandora, and working puzzles or flipping through magazines. Not a coffee drinker or a wine sipper, I usually reach for a Sprite on the rocks and popcorn with plenty of butter seasoning.