Get out into the Real World...Often

This week I was reminded of how important real world experience is, and not just for our children.  I took my 8th grade students on a field trip to the kick off for the annual Editorial Cartoonists Convention at the Library of Congress. We didn't know this was such a big deal; we originally wanted to see the political cartoon exhibit on the Presidential Election 2012 that is available to the public there.  We just happened to show up on this auspicious day.

Ink and Pixel Panel

Not at all the 'Same Old Stuff'...Miscellaneous Musings on the First Week of School

...Or, "What I Learned, Again, During my First Week Back to School"

First of all, the days and the entire week, for that matter, went by so fast that I already feel as if I have lost valuable teaching time with my students. Except I need to remember  that every moment I spend with my students is valuable teaching time.  Everything we teachers do with them, every conversation, every interaction counts; they are all teachable moments, because let's face it:  We teachers are in the spotlight....all the time.  Our students are watching, even when we think they are not.  We must be aware of that all the time.

Thoughts on Dodgeball?

I know this seems like a random post, but it is not random; it is something I have been thinking about for years, and now has become a bit more personal.  When I was a kid, we played dodgeball in school.  This was a game that I loved because I was athletic, bigger than most of my classmates, had two very much older brothers who indoctrinated me into the game, and because I was agile and good at it, almost never got hit.  From my perspective, this game was awesome because it showcased my talents and it was something at which I could shine.  I never thought of this game from the perspective of anyone else but me.

Teachers, Why are we Still Doing That?

   Like many other families this summer, our family had to deal with summer reading.  Mandatory summer reading, well, that's expected in my house, so needing to do it for school is not that big of a deal, although this might be an issue for future blogs.  Afterall, it's nice to take a break from work we have to do, and concentrate on things we like to do during the summer. But, no, the reading itself is not that big of a deal; the assignments connected with the reading are what irks me.

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.

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