So what's the big need to start this blog. I'm not too sure, but I feel like it's been years in the making. I think I've been afraid of actually taking this step. My first issue is that I'm not the best writer. Spelling and the grammar rules that are out there just never stuck with me. I'm going to try my best, but please, please, please forgive me in advance for mistakes. This is huge for me to actually do this. It's a huge fear of mine to actually have my writing out there in the public because I'm always afraid of making a mistake or even worse *gasp* failing! (more on that later).
It has also taken me forever to start this because I am a perfectionist in my work (I do try with grammar rules, but I always seem to make mistakes no matter what). I needed to figured out a name for this blog and then try to come up with a decent layout. The name of the blog killed me. I pondered this particular issue for what seemed like an eternity. Then it hit me while trying to get rid of this awful tan line (it's all about looking good in the dress). I'm writing this blog about my experiences in middle school as a teacher.
You should like it too. I'm serious. Love it. Forget about what you experienced when you were there. Live through me now. Love it and appreciate it. Middle school can be the best time of your life as you begin to explore who you are, begin to really learn how to function in relationships, and look to find ways to succeed as a human being. It's a lot to take on as a teenage. It's even crazier where the chemicals in their brains' are going absolutely nuts. It's a good time for the teacher, ha.
Middle school is the place where kids NEED to realize that's it's ok to fail. I'm taking the chance with this blog. It may fail - so what. At least I'll have a place for me to write about my awesome experiences as a middle school science teacher. I took a chance this past school year in changing up the way a teach and how my students received and processed the information being taught in class. I did it the last two months of the year, and I also teach 8th grade. The odds were stacked against me because who wants change they have one foot out the door of the middle school and one foot in the high school. Was I worried of failing? Absolutely. Were their days when I thought that this mix of flipping my classroom, project based learning, and bringing their on devices (the evil cell phone) was going to backfire? I thought that everyday, but we moved on and tried this crazy idea of making paper roller coasters.
Here are the results:
|Just a few of the 22 that decorated my classroom - my classroom is not the biggest. It was a bit of a tight squeeze.|
|The one roller coaster that is in the bigger picture was over 5'6". The kids thought that it would be funny to make one taller than their teacher. Yea, I have short parents.|
This project could have blown up in my face, but with the determination of my kids and I, we did it. It was the greatest feeling in the world. We were ready to fail, but man, it felt good to just be awesome. It was also great to see the fun they had when they were finally able to try out the coasters.
As I close, in hopes that this blog doesn't fail, this is going to be a place for me to explore my profession and reflect on my work. It's going to be a place where I can place my thoughts as I begin to evolve as a teacher once again - mind you, I'm starting year 6. I get bored easily so I'm going to try to go full force into PBL, flipping my classroom, and adding even more integration of technology. I have this idea for a skype project that I'm beyond excited about, but I'll save that for another day. Gotta get up and work on wedding things then head to a soccer game at Yankees stadium. (You will soon learn I am one of those psychotic NY fans - sorry to anyone who might be a Philly or Boston fan - my allegiances to my teams doesn't effect my teaching -for the most part!). I leave you with this thought. Our space program is full of failures, but just the other day, we celebrated the anniversary of one of, if not the greatest successes of that program - the first man on the moon.
It's ok to fail.