Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Welcome to my blog!

Since this is my very first blog, I guess that would make me a blog newbie, so bear with me!

I created this blog so that I can share ideas and resources from my own classroom, collaborate with other educators around the world, and sort of "journal" my classroom experiences. I am a first year teacher, fresh out of college, with a lot of passion and drive for my own classroom, so I am excited to track my journey in education, even if no one cares to look back on it besides me :)

The blog name "Teach the World" has a purpose, more than one actually, so let me indulge you...

As a teacher, I really believe in teaching students to be effective global citizens. This means teaching them in a way that will encourage them to give back to the world, to make it a better place. I believe in authentic, real-world learning with a purpose. I want my classroom to provide students with the knowledge and encouragement that will launch them on a path to succeed in life, with just the right dose of rigor to get to them beyond the finish line and onto their next adventure.

As an individual, I am extremely passionate about the world. I love to travel, I love new adventures, and most of all, I love to experience learning in faraway places. I have been blessed to experience learning in classrooms from four different regions in this world, and I hope this number will grow as I continue to grow as an education professional. In my life, I hope to be able to quite literally "teach the world" by experiencing education in all cultures and places that I can.

One way I attempt to bridge my life here in America and the work I yearn to do abroad is through the nonprofit organization I launched a year and a half ago, Pink Elephant. Don't ask where the name came from, because I have no truly good story for that, other than the fact that it was the name of my Etsy shop I used to sell handmade headbands to fund my first international trip to Botswana in college. It was this trip, which allowed me to teach in schools and collaborate with both the students and educators, that forever changed the course of my life. I learned about the struggle for teachers to receive an adequate support system to support them as professionals; this struggle, no doubt, overflowed onto the students. In America, say what you will about the downfalls of our education system, but one thing we definitely have is collaboration among educators. In the schools, we work with our coworkers, as well as administrators and education professionals provided by our districts, to fully support our students in the best ways we can. This was a missing component in the education I saw, reiterated after teaching experiences in Belize and Kenya; one that I believed had a true negative impact on quality of education for the students on the other end of this system.

The Teacher Outreach program through Pink Elephant is in place to provide a global support system to teachers in disadvantaged communities who need it most. This system allows our partner teachers to connect with other educators around the world (like you!) to share lesson plans and resources, as well as collaborate on ideas, questions, and anything else education related. We are bringing the support system to them, in hopes that it will improve the quality of instruction they are capable of delivering, thus improving the quality of education the students are able to receive.

It may be a long shot, but its something I devote myself to growing and developing each and every day. If your still with me on this (bless you!) I urge you to check out what we are doing by visiting our website: www.PEinternational.org or go straight to our Teacher Portal and sign up as a Supporting Teacher: portal.PEinternational.org.

As I wrap this up, and I know its about time I do, I just want to give a shoutout to my personal support system, my high school sweetheart and (brand new!) husband Garrett. Without him, supporting me and encouraging me through all of this I wouldn't be where I am today, on the path to where I am going tomorrow. When everyone else told me it couldn't be done, or rather I couldn't do it, he was the one voice that said otherwise, even when it wasn't easiest on him.

Ok, that's it! I promise. Now off to plan future posts to help you guys support your own littles in your classroom. Asante sana for sticking around and hope to see you back soon!


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