I’m well on my way to 30 years in the educational field. At this point in my career, I can proudly say that I’ve taught every grade level/age from pre-kindergarten to adults with the exception of kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.
Originally, an elementary teacher from 1986 to 1995, I currently teach in the secondary setting, more specifically high school. I strongly believe that my elementary training assisted me in being a better secondary teacher. While English was my minor in college, my elementary training focused more on pedagogy, psychology of teaching, and the concept of teaching the whole person. I often feel I lack a deep understanding of teaching English, at the high school level, in particular, but I assuage my fears by reminding myself that I learn alongside the students.
My current educational heroes are Penny Kittle, Cris Tovani, Donalyn Miller, Stephen Krashen, and my fellow teachers, both those with whom I teach today and those with whom I taught in the past. To stay current on educational issues and possibilities, I follow many other educators who blog. Teaching in a rural setting has huge advantages, but professional development often proves difficult to obtain. Fortunately, the internet serves as a platform by which I am able to connect, learn, and grow.
My first post explains my “mining” analogy. While you couldn’t convince me to spelunk in a real cavern, I love my educational “cavern” in which I may mine the jewels within my students’ minds.