This year marks my 14th year here at Riceville Community School. I am excited to be teaching some great classes with some awesome students. I spent much of my summer planning and looking for new and exciting projects to try with my students. Along the way, I also decided to add to my education. I enrolled at UNI in the Instructional Technology Cohort. Upon completion this is add a second master's degree to my resume. I am taking two classes right now but will discuss more about that later.
I discovered an impressive writing project for my sophomore English 2 class to do for the trimester project. I was tired on the old project I had used in the past. I had also heard talk that the district would be adding a district wide writing goal for this year. I was extremely excited to unveil this new project. The project called for each student identify a world/global issue that they wanted to learn more about. Each student had to set up his or her own webpage and start blogging about the issue. The students must also create a PSA, podcast, physical display of the work, present the project to a small group of community members, and develop a possible solution. Now as most veteran teachers will understand, the students were slightly less excited about this undertaking than I was. They complained about having to write a weekly blog and to publish it. I dismissed the concerns, until... my professor tells me that for my graduate class I have to write a blog! What?!?!?!?
I was hit with a wave of anxiety. Me? Write for all the world to see? What if no one read it? What if people did not like it? WHAT IF I MADE A GRAMMATICAL ERROR? I quickly assumed the panic position - put my head between my knees and took several deep breathes.... at look at me now - BLOGGING....feeling like a rock star!
Until the next post - check out my students' blogs and feel free to comment.
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