The Beginning of "A Year with Mrs. G."

This year I will be enjoying my 13th year as a History teacher.  My journey has been interesting, to say the least. It will also be my first as an active blogger, and as a connected educator;  I am excited to be a novice blogger, and a little bit nervous, as well.  One of my concerns is that I get really busy during the school year.  I'm struggling with how I can keep up with my day-to-day lesson plans, grading, meetings, phone calls, sport practice, AND now add to that list, blogging.  I have great empathy, and a great respect for all those first year teachers who are also blogging, but also some envy.  I can only imagine how much more manageable my teacher life would have been if I had been connected in my first year! There's such a great community of educators sharing fantastic resources and ideas. I hope this community can continue to grow and become more like the norm rather than the exception.

Prior to getting "connected" this summer, I was a vocal advocate for the tech-integrated classroom.  I have been well on my way to cultivating a digital history classroom. I was always on the cutting edge at my school and in my local community, or at least, so I thought.  With my newfound connectedness, I have already learned so much from so many other like-minded educators, that I realized I still have a long way to go, and a lot to learn.  I am grateful for the connections I have made so far, and look forward to making many more in the future.  More importantly, I will work hard this year to spread the word, and to work to get my colleagues and students connected as well.

Watch this space as my students and I explore the connected education world together.  We will be on the lookout for great opportunities to connect, learn and apply 21st Century tools to learning.  Cheers for a great and connected 2012-2013 school year!

Beth"Mrs. G." Gryczewski

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