Please introduce yourself, let us know a little bit about you, and where you are from.

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Hi everyone!  I teach at Archbishop O'Hara High School in Kansas City, a Lasallian School.  I also serve as assistant principal.

Awesome!  Welcome!

Hello! My name is Marissa Burnes and I am currently a senior at Illinois State University. I am a Secondary Education and History major! I will be student teaching Civics and U.S. History next Spring!

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I'm David from Sydney, AU. I'm a science/biology teacher who has been working in schools around here for about 18 years.  I'm looking to collaborate with other teachers on domain specific material in science, inquiry learning and creative avenues for teaching.


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Hi! I'm Lauren from Colchester, VT. Reading Specialist. Thrilled to be here!

Hey out there my name is Amanda Johnson and I am working on getting my CA clear credential and my MAT with a special education focus. I have my BA in Early Childhood Development. I am very new to 2.0 and honestly am a little lost, but am hopeful I will navigate through this and understand what it is all about. I am the mother to 2 young boys, Jack (2 years old) and Colt (7 weeks old). I am very busy but loving every minute of life. I am not currently teaching, but working part time and spending these crucial first years home with my kids. I am hopeful to start teaching in a couple years.


I joined this as an assignment for my current class and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations to webinars I should attend? Anything is helpful, thanks!



Hi Everyone--I'm Ellen and I teach high school English and Theatre in Metro Detroit. I'm excited to be here and I look forward to learning and sharing new ideas.

Hello all

    My name is Dan and i am from Buffalo, NY USA.  I am not a teacher, but, found your site doing a search.  I am disabled and have a hard time sitting for longer then an hour or so.  Basically what happened was my spine aged three times the rate my body did, so, now that I am 45, my spine is 130 ish.  Needless to say, I am in a lot of pain.  I thought if anyone would be able to help me, it would be teachers who have to have so much knowledge about everything today to help their students.  

    I want to start writing again, but, can't due to my health.  I recently learned about voice to text software that is good enough to write stories with (and then I can read them over and make corrections).  Can anyone point me in the correct direction on how to do this?  I plan to write mostly screenplays, but, short stories and novels are possible too.  I have a ton of ideas that I never followed up on.  I have a Mac as well, so, any help would have to work with a Mac.  

Thank you all for reading about me and I hope that someone can lead me in the right direction.  I am on SSD, so, I don't make a lot of cash, free software would be awesome, but, if none is available, then I will purchase it.

thanx again


Hi Dan,

I too live with pain and had to comment because your intro sounds so familiar to me. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Here is a resource for you I also know that Google is doing things with voice now too.

Hope this helps!

Kind regards,

Tracy Watanabe

Hi Tracy

    Thank you very much for writing me.  I read up on your condition and OMG, that sounds horribly painful.  You have my respect because you carry on.  Many people just don't get it when it comes to back pain.  I know there are members of my own family that don't believe me.  I also hate the "well, I have back problems too" people.  They just don't understand the difference.  

    I will look up your link and see what I can find.  I know I have a few leads now.  It would certainly make my life a bit easier.  I spend a lot of time alone (housebound) and try to keep busy (mind wise at least) by playing video games (keeps my mind sharp) and now, if I can write too, that would help a lot.  

     My spinal breakdown was an odd combination of related illnesses that anyone like me could have.  I have 4 oxygen depravation illnesses (thalassemia, sleep apnea, asthma and diabetes) and what doctors have theorized in cases like mine, the body is deprived of deep oxygen so greatly that the low oxygenated areas just don't get any.  That causes them to age faster and break down.  Now, at the age of 45, I have 7 herniated discs, about 3 inches of crushed spinal cord (due to discs herniating so far that they crashed into the cord), spinal spondylitis, am leaking spinal fluid from the damage to the cord, and have 3 cysts in the spinal canal called syringomyelia.  So, I can understand your pain.  Do you teach?  Do you get to enjoy your life?  I hope you do.  Back problems are hard to deal with because you very rarely feel well.  Again, thanx for writing me.


Hi Dan,

Thanks again for welcoming me to Classroom 2.0 and for sharing. I agree, others don't understand but they do their best to empathize. I get a lot from this forum -- I dig on the play on words too :-)

There might be more answers in that forum even though your back health/pain is caused differently, but the people there are fabulous also and have many ideas and resources for adapting their lives due to physical health... Which is what I'm reading from your post.

Again, hope that helps.

Kind regards,



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