This week I was privileged to attend the Advanced Placement Summer Institute at the University of Tulsa. I have been to this conference before, and APSI always does a great job for our teachers! The week was full of great discussion, “brain oil” (as my teacher called it), and fellowship. Summer professional development offers the opportunity to meet like-minded teachers, to get some awesome resources, and to get a much-needed recharge; I am thankful for it!
I will be going to a “Google Bootcamp” this week in preparation to become a Google Educator. I have learned so much about Google and it is a game-changer in the classroom! Not only will I be able to use Google apps with my students, but there are some that make home management easier too! Stay tuned for some specifics- maybe you will be able to find something to help your day!
As of press time, I will be teaching both English II Sophomores and Pre-AP II Sophomores next year. I have taught Pre-AP before, so I am excited to have the opportunity at my new school. The longer I am a teacher, the more I realize how much of an art teaching actually is; I have so much to learn and am just beginning to scratch the surface!
We will be reading some great texts in Pre-AP this year- Oedipus Rex, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Night. Each of these texts has strong themes that will hopefully get the kiddos thinking and reflecting. Actually getting through to students and getting them to take ownership of their learning is a constant challenge. Gideon and I love our school because we can really strive to make a difference in the lives of our students. “Unfortunately” for many of them, they get us both during the day; I tell them that we have the same brain and that they will hear the same words coming from both of us many, many times! Almost 15 years of marriage and more importantly, the Holy Orthodox Church, has given us a firm foundation of belief and a world view that allows us to provide the students with stability and positivity. One student told us that we are the model of marriage for her life, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be there her and for those other students who may not have that in their lives. Thank God!