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Saint Patrick’s Day in preschool

Today I subbed in a preschool classroom and that I’ve been in quite a few times over the past couple of weeks. Obviously, today is St. Patrick’s Day! I just love celebrating holidays in the classroom with students.  It’s really fun to come up with activities to do to go along with the holiday. Continue reading “Saint Patrick’s Day in preschool”

5 Challenges for the Introverted Teacher

That phrase itself seems like an oxymoron–“introverted teacher.” How can you be an introvert and subject yourself to standing in front of a large group of people everyday, all day?

Well first, let’s talk about what introversion is not.

Introversion does not mean you are shy.

I think most people understand that at this point; conversations about introversion and extraversion have been all the rage for a while now. I’ve seen a lot of things written about how introverts aren’t necessarily shy, and that a lot of introverts really enjoy being around people–some might even be mistaken for extroverts.  The key is what makes you thrive and what makes you exhausted.  An extrovert is going to come away from a big group of people feeling recharged, while an introvert is going to need to recharge. 

I personally fall under the category of an introvert that does enjoy being around people, although I would never be mistaken as an extrovert.  I am also a teacher, so I’m around a significant amount of people  a significant amount of time every day.

So what challenges does an introverted teacher face? Continue reading “5 Challenges for the Introverted Teacher”

Social media and the impact on teenagers

I love social media. I love that it makes the world a smaller place, that through technology we can keep up with events and with people from all over the world. I went to a college in my home state where a large percentage of students were not from that same state. Upon graduation, many—in fact, probably most—of my friends of four years ended up in other states, and places far from me. Social media has allowed me to remain connected to them.

Social media also allows us to build relationships with people we never could otherwise. Through platforms like Twitter and blogging, users can connect with people from all over the world with same or varied interests. It’s really an incredible world we live in today.

However, despite the love I have for social media, I feel strongly about the negative impact it can have on today’s youth, and I don’t think I will ever stop speaking out about it.

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Continue reading “Social media and the impact on teenagers”

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