And Teach What You Love

My kids write a blog every week for a website their parents see, but this is… well, everyone can see. It’s exciting and weird and, well, I hope people visit.

So welcome to love what you teach.  Here’s why I’m doing this:

Goal #1: put my teaching ideas (and materials) on the web where everyone can find them (i.e. not in a thousand different emails).  I’m already itching to write about a different way to look at homework, ways to organize your classroom, and all of that start of the year stuff that I’m thinking [freaking out] about right now.

Goal #2: have conversations with other teachers about teaching and learning.  Conversations not confined to the teacher’s room, staff meetings, or — most often — talking fast passing in the hall.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not doing this for the money.  Everything I post here is yours to use.  Here’s to being great teachers!

— a. fox

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6 thoughts on “And Teach What You Love

  1. Abbie,
    What a great thing to do! I with you on the homework. One thing I’ve puzzled over is how to help students who struggle with language or executive function (and both!)to better access the process of setting goals. Maybe we can experiment with a few different systems for that this year.
    Cheers!
    Edythe

    • Ooh, that’s a good question! I’d love to work together on tools to help those kids. For executive functioning, I can imagine a checklist of steps being helpful, as well as a running list of goals that could be kept in the notebook. I wonder if this would help everyone? For language issues, I think the sentence starters for the reflection will help, but I agree, that reflection can be tough. I am excited to work on this with you!

      — a. fox

  2. Abbie, this blog is great! The posts you have made (particularly on homework) have already got me thinking of how I could restructure homework for kids in the 1-2s. This sharing community is so refreshing after earlier years of people being afraid of others “stealing” their good ideas. : )
    I wonder if you have ever done anything with independent projects for advanced students? I feel like I always come back to this idea but haven’t figured out how to nail it down – I’d love to chat with you about your experiences or ideas!

    • I hear you! Most of us do this job because of our belief in public service and our desire to make a difference. Inspiration and good ideas benefit all of us — and all of our kids. They should be free!

      I’m so glad you brought up independent studies. I do have a system for that, and it will be the subject of my next post. Which I am going to write after eating lunch because I don’t want to do any more work in my classroom.

      I am, at least, a productive procrastinator.

      — a. fox

  3. Hi Abbie. I love this. My head is spinning with questions, thoughts, and ideas! Thank you for opening up my eyes once again :).

    • That’s really nice of you, Christine. And thank you for helping me out today. You’re one of the best listeners I know, which is one reason (of many!) why you’re such an extraordinary teacher.

      — a. fox

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