As my blog turned two this past week, I felt it would be a good time to look back at one of the things I have worked on in my spare time these past few years. Over the past two years I have written 50 posts and, while it took a while, it was interesting to see how I have developed in my first few years as an educator. During the spring, I plan on going back and updating a few of my earlier posts.
I drew this as I thought it would be a fun addition to my masthead…sadly, it is neither the right size nor shape.
For those considering blogging, I highly recommend it. For me, blogging has always been about developing as an educator by putting my ideas “out there” and discussing ways to improve. Since I began, I have had colleagues and those I met through blogging put their own twist on some lessons I developed. Looking at various ways to do something pushes me to reflect and continue to develop. In addition to personal growth, I have also had some neat opportunities through blogging – I’ve co-written a journal article (with Dan Krutka) for the Ohio Social Studies Review and I’ve gotten to work with other educators consulting on a US Senate simulation at the Edward M Kennedy Institute. I’m quite happy that I made the leap into it two year ago.
As my readership has grown over the past two years, I thought it would be beneficial to have a table of contents to make searching my site easier!
Macbeth Murder Mystery Party Introduction – Inspired by a murder mystery that I never attended, this post from my days as a History/English teacher was used to introduce Macbeth and get students to make predictions.
Connecting Lessons to the Common Core: A Missed Opportunity – This was the first in what became a series. It discussing having students rewrite the textbook to input more bias to promote an outlook we were discussing. In this case, it was rewriting a section of the textbook from an 18th century liberal, radical and conservative.