Here’s to possibilities…

Ok, I’m going to give this a try.  Not quite sure if I have anything too terribly interesting to say, but it’s worth putting myself out there and finding out!

Today was the Omaha Public Schools Fall 2009 ESL Conference.  I had the opportunity to team with the keynote speaker Angela Maiers.  Angela’s workshops this past summer were beyond motivating for me, so it was great to get a boost of her right before a week of parent-teacher conferences.  In the afternoon session, she discussed Literacy Now: Fiction, and I shared a lesson that I did with my students about a fiction text.  I then answered some questions and discussed what I’ve noticed about my students in introducing the Book story and Life story of a fiction text.  I brought some of our anchor charts to show as well, and fellow teachers were taking pictures of them afterward.  It all went so well!  I loved being able to share my application of Angela’s ideas in a real classroom, and I think other teachers saw that it was truly possible.

I am an Angela Maiers believer, because I’ve seen it work in my own classroom.  She is truly someone I look to for great insight into the 21st Century learner’s mind.  If you haven’t met her, you should!  She will transform the way you look at teaching your students!

So, I’m starting this blog to give you an insight into the happenings of my life inside the classroom…and outside sometimes too.  I look forward to posting my thoughts and seeing if anyone out there cares to hear them.  As an artist in my spare time (like I really have any), I am always looking for quotes for my artwork, so I will try to leave various quotes on my posts.  Here’s one from today’s presentation that stuck with me…

” If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow” – John Dewey


One thought on “Here’s to possibilities…

  1. Wow! I give you two weeks and you take two hours. I LOVE it! Remember this – If it’s interesting to you, it’s interesting to others. Go with your gut.

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