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?