So, I’ve decided to delve into the world of serious, career-oriented blogging. My name is Ric White, and I’m currently a 7th grade teacher at a small private school in Atlanta. My current situation is not like most teachers. I teach 23 students in all 4 basic subject areas. In addition, I have a co-teacher and a teaching assistant. It is a great setup, and while I know it’s not possible to duplicate everywhere, it sure is nice here.
That’s not to say I don’t have experience with other educational setups. I previously taught 2 years of high school mathematics in the second poorest county in the state. In addition, I have taught at a poorly funded private school, where I taught math at all levels, from 6th grade to Calculus.
Why am I writing this blog? Well, I’m now in my fifth year of teaching. I’ve had the time to make mistakes, learn from them, and put into practice different ideas that I think help students learn. Do I believe I’m the best? No. Do I believe I’m good enough for people to read this and take advice? Not really. This blog will mostly allow me to reflect on lessons, strategies, and philosophies that I’ve thought about, used, denied, spit upon, or whatever else. If someone else happens to read this along the way and finds something they can use, then hooray!
In addition, I hope to use this blog to begin reflecting on my current infatuation with educational technology. Over the past few years, I have attended the Georgia Educational Technology Conference, and went to an edcamp recently in Georgia. I am looking to attend other conferences across the country and will be attending the ISTE conference in Atlanta in the summer of 2014.
So it begins. I hope to write every week. But hopes can be sad…. so we’ll see what happens. But now, it’s time to come up with some great ideas for class that I can then talk about here! Adios for now.