New Beginnings

The 2015-2016 school year is off to an amazing start!  This year is a year of change and professional growth, and I am extremely excited (and petrified) to share it with you.

Out with the old. In with the new. Textbooks gone. Worksheets gone. Rows of desks long gone. Creative chaos-check. Curious learners-check. Student-driven classroom-check.

I am happy to report that this change has not only been beneficial for me, but it has energized my students.  My students don’t ask about their grades. My students don’t worry about getting the “right” answer.  My students are shocked when the bell rings because they are so engaged in what we are exploring. My students WANT to learn.

This change would not have been possible without the support and guidance of Jody Green (@peerlessgreen) who convinced me to try Twitter as a way to gather resources and connect with other educators.  I started off slowly last year checking the feed periodically, but now I’m addicted to ALL of the sensational men and women who are sharing their insights and passion. The work of Dave Burgess (@burgessdave), Paul Solarz (@PaulSolarz), Matt Miller (@jmattmiller), and Don Wettrick (@DonWettrick) provided the foundation for my classroom make-over.  I now have a passionate, student-driven classroom where textbooks have been ditched and innovation is the driving force.

This adventure is just beginning, and I look forward to sharing the triumphs and tribulations of  middle school with you.