Why Diary of a(n) [insert here] Teacher?
Welcome! I am Chrissy, a
seventh year teacher (as of Summer 2016) developing my craft as an educator by creating a space to reflect, share ideas, and explore ways to transform teaching and learning. I just finished my fifth sixth year as a middle school ELA teacher. Who would have thought? Most of my career has been in middle school science, but I’ve transitioned to middle school literacy. I’m still learning and growing, but hopefully I can share some think new as I continue to work out the kinks with my instructional practices. Join me on my adventure teaching and learning in the big city!
My URL maybe a little misleading. Although I am an urban teacher, each day brings a roller coaster of emotions and requires a teacher to take on multiple roles to help students achieve in school. My focus is not to get caught up in the politics of teaching, rather to dialogue about teaching and learning. I may go on a rant here or there so I apologize in advance.
An Overview of My Awesomeness
Yes, I said awesomeness. There isn’t anything wrong with loving yourself and having some confidence. You are awesome too!
I’m proud of being an alumna of an amazing public institution, University of Illinois. My students are proud of being little Fighting Illini, but do they have a choice? My room is plastered with orange and blue from my borders and bulletin boards to my classroom door.
Attending the University of Illinois connected me with a talented group of humans from around the world. I’m ecstatic to have shared awesome learning experiences with my mentee Bill from Taiwan, my Argentina study abroad cluster, my college of education peers, and friends. I didn’t expect to find my best friend, dinoman, partner in crime, and sugary stegosaurus (see my dinoblog from a couple years back) at U of I, but that happened too.
Dinoman and I are somewhat of foodies and we love traveling because of historic site seeing and most importantly, FOOD. We rode tripped to Tennessee for the civil rights museum and BBQ, traveled east a couple summers ago for Philly cheese steaks, Marcus Samuelsson, cannolis, and Grimaldi’s pizza. How could we not have sushi and other delicious seafood in Maui for our honeymoon?
I love being active…I can’t handle too many hours of unstructured, unscheduled time, which is probably why I work summer school every year. I enjoy summer music festivals, watching baseball, musicals, going to the beach (but not swimming in the ocean), blogging, and cupcakes!
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