While I am not entirely new to blogging (I blogged about my knee reconstruction and recovery in 2009), I am new to blogging as an educator.  I have been inspired by some of my colleagues and their insights on using techn0logy in the classroom, administration, testing, assessment and a litany of other hot topics in education right now.  Those of you who know me will be surprised (wink, wink) to hear that I also have some opinions of my own. 

There are a lot of things in education that I don’t know enough about.   One of my goals for blogging and using Twitter will be to continually educate myself through the biggest PLC I could imagine.  I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and even your constructive criticisms.  Another of my goals is to build my CONFIDENCE as a tech user.  I have been overwhelmed over the last few years with trying to stay caught up with technology and all of the ways I can use to assist me in both teaching and learning.  Truthfully, I haven’t done an adequate job of learning or using it (ew…my outcome based report card would read “Marci has a minimal ability to integrate new technology into her classroom.”).

“Confidence is contagious.  So is a lack of confidence” – Vince Lombardi.  I have two main ideas that I try to stress for my students on the first day of school and then throughout the whole year: 1. BE CONFIDENT  and  2. WORRY ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL.  Well, confidence, for the most part, doesn’t just come without some work.  Especially to middle years students.  I like to think that I help them to become confident learners, athletes and people.  It doesn’t always work though…on Monday I had a student hand in a completely blank final exam.  I failed that kid somehow.  He is definitely NOT confident.  “Worry about things you can control” is more about eliminating excuse making.  I try to help kids see that whatever their obstacles are, that they can control how they overcome them.  You will probably be reading a lot on those topics as I blog about the successes and failures I endure with my grade 8 and 9 students for the 2011-2012 school year.

As I close out another year at Stony Plain Central School, I am excited about doing some actual learning this summer and coming back with more to offer my classes than what I have right now.  Oh ya, I’m also excited about the lake, the sun, the sleep, hanging out with my boys and did I mention SLEEP?