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Mission #1: The Power of the Blog

(First of all I want to say that I don’t have a class this year.  But I had a class for the last 15 years so I’ll take it from there.)

Why is my class different than any other class?  Well it’s because of ME!  I am what makes my class different from other classes in my school.  So let me try to describe my teaching.

For the last 4 years I have taught 7th and 8th grade math students who are all several years behind when they enter my class.  You know the kid – “I can’t do math” “Math sucks”  “I’ll never use this” “I don’t get it”.  And having these kids every day has changed my teaching style for the better.

I’m big and loud and in their faces.  I tell stories, I whistle, I tell jokes, I am sometimes sarcastic, okay more than sometimes.  I keep their eyes on me by demanding their attention.  I know that sounds very ‘old school’ and I guess I have something of an old school style.  But I’m morphing and my students have more choice than I used to give, more collaborative work, less Ms. Harris.

And sometimes people say I’m too tough on kids which makes me a little sad.  But, for the most part kids like me by the end of the year and they know I care about them.  And they leave my class closer to grade level.

So what’s unique about my classroom – it’s me.  A few years ago my District kicked off the year with a “It Begins with Me” motto for everyone in the District.  It kind of got lost over the last couple of years.  But I believe it not only begins with me, it ends with me.  I’m accountable!!