Thanks for joining me! Before I get started with why I’m here… here’s a little about me.
Name: Stephanie Meier (and before you ask…no, I didn’t write Twilight..)
Years Teaching: This is my first year teaching.
Grade: 2nd (as you can tell from my pithy title)
Hobbies: Baking, hiking, playing and listening to music, reading, and going to the movies.
Favorite Subject to teach: Science.
Why I’m Here:
As soon as the email came out about this challenge, I was overwhelmingly convicted by something Dana (one of the instructional coaches in our district) wrote. One of the benefits listed on the flyer she made was that we would become better teachers of writing by doing it ourselves. I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite quotes by my all-time favorite woman in history.
I was struck by guilt as I realized- how many things per day am I asking my students to do that I wouldn’t do myself in my own life? Am I modeling the practices of a good writer in my own life? And if not…how can I expect them to do it every day in class? So, in short, I’m here to hold myself accountable for the things I’m asking my students to do, to learn and grow from a community of other educators, and push myself out of my comfort zone.
Alright Eleanor, you’ve made your point. This is something that scares me, and I’m doing it. Thanks for coming along for the ride.