It’s hard to believe that it is already my third year teaching. It seems like just yesterday I was getting the keys to my classroom, walking into the space that would be mine, sitting down at my desk, and dissolving into tears. After years of dreaming of being a teacher, my first reaction upon arriving into my new classroom was to start sobbing. And these weren’t tears of joy or of a dreaming coming true- these tears were because I was completely overwhelmed
I am all about teaching 21st Century skills in the classroom. If we want students to become the leaders of the future, we need to start shaping them into being innovators today. So when I was assigned to Speech this year, I saw it as a great opportunity to integrate these skills into the ELA classroom. Podcasts are trendy and fun, but also an art form. it takes a lot of craft to plan, host, and edit a podcast. They also are a great way for students to share about their unique interests. Listening to my students podcasts is one of my favorite things to do because I get the opportunity to hear them being clever, curious, and passionate about their favorite things!
I've compiled the resources that I use to teach podcasting to my students below!
The Enneagram is a powerful tool to learn more about yourself and those around you. Growing up, my mom gave Enneagram Retreats and I always tagged along to help her. I ended up learning a lot from that and it's shaped the way that . From the time I was nine, I constantly made all my friends take Enneagram quizzes as a way to understand them more. The Enneagram can also be an excellent, but often overlooked, tool for teachers to learn more about their themselves, their teaching styles, and their classrooms.
If you aren't familiar with the Enneagram, I encourage you to take a free (or paid) quiz online. After you've done that, read through descriptions and decide which type you identify most with. The information below will be most helpful if you already know what your type is, however, it might also be helpful in developing your understanding of what type you may be.
While I know we are all crossing our fingers for an early spring, the truth is winter seems to be hanging around the Midwest for a while longer yet. I'm all about reading seasonally and that's something I also like to apply to my classroom as well. I like to pick out novels that correspond with the time of year. There is nothing like reading about winter and then looking out the window to see fat snowflakes falling down. Here are my favorite novels to teach in the winter:
World traveling is one of my favorite hobbies. Having both studied and lived abroad, I've had the opportunity to visit 14 different countries and make so many of my own adventures. Settling down to a job has been a hard transition for me, so I work to make sure that my travels are never behind me. I bring them into my classroom every day!
My name is Megan and I am a high school English teacher. Just writing that gives me a thrill! I've almost finished two years of teaching, but yet I still get a little wave of excitement that I am living my dream. I've always wanted to teach literature, inspire creativity, and make a difference in students' lives. And I'm doing it!!!
Here a few quick facts about me:
I am really excited to share some of my teaching ideas, resources, and personal reflections here! Can't wait to have you along for my journey.
I'm Megan and I teach high school ELA. I'm all about literature, creativity, and aesthetics!