I'm a lawyer-turned-social studies teacher and I couldn't be happier! I teach 7th grade geography, 8th grade writing workship (to help prepare students for the intermediate social studies assessment), 9th grade global history, 12th grade government, and Experience the Law (the law elective offered by the social studies department). I'm a first year teacher, so it's definitely been interesting having 4 classes to prep for everyday! But it's been an amazing learning experience and a blessing to know what it feels like to really love what I do for a living. And if you've read this far and have some words of wisdom for me, please reach out and share them!! :-)
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Hope you had a nice winter break. I was wondering if you or your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. We'd really like to get students involved from NY!
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
4 preps! Killer..But you're young.
If any of your classes require literacy help, take look at LessonWriter.com
It's free, and you just copy, paste & submit any content (say, a page of The Federalist Papers) and create a comprehensive lesson plan with explicit literacy components in a few minutes.
Hope it saves you some time.
I attend the University of Akron for my masters in admin. So far I like it, I am just on class 3 and 4 so kinda early in the program. Just seems like I need to get through it and learn as much as possible. It's not too bad though, kinda fun getting back into the classroom again while teaching.