Sunday, March 7, 2010
Shake What the District Gave You
3. Blogging. As you can read, blogging is my favorite new hobby. And the parents love it. And other educators can use it. And it gives me a written record of what I did in my classroom that week. Before my blog, I was mediocre at Parent Communication. Before that, I was horrible at Parent Communication. Blogging has single handedly changed my world of communication. And to think that, when I started college in 1999, teacher websites were just coming on the scene. And the majority of teachers in our district DO NOT have a blog or webpage. Btw, we use Word Press for Blogging through the school... and I obviously use Blogger. These seem the most simple to me. And simple is good for teachers who need more hours in the day.
5. I, then, concluded my presentation with discussion about HOW to get the things you want IF the district doesn't provide them. My first suggestion- Ask someone. My second suggestion- Ask someone else. My third suggestion- Write a grant. It't not as hard as you think. I shared easy grants to write and offered myself and my former work to all of the members of the audience.
All in all, I'm not sure that I sold anyone on anything. But, I succeeded in the fact that I made it through the presentations without embarrassing myself terribly.
I also did that with the help of the keynote speaker. He was 100% himself in his presentation to over 300 teachers. And so I thought, I can be myself. And be comfortable in myself. And say what I say. And do what I do.
So I did.
Now, go Shake What the District Gave You.