At the time of this writing, there are probably only 1 or 2 people reading this. The MYClassroom site has only been up for about 5 days and is still mostly just an idea in my head.
Over the next few weeks, I plan on getting the site set up and getting the kinks worked out. I will begin posting content regularly, every Monday and Thursday as well.
This project is an experiment. I will be writing mostly about strategies and tools for classroom management. There sure are plenty of other sites out there that cover these topics, but I have a lot of unique things I want to say on the subject. Hopefully, this will allow the MYClassroom site to flourish in a crowded blogosphere. (Yes. I just used the word “blogosphere.” Yes, I do realize that if I actually had any readers I would have just lost them all by using that word.)
I am not a seasoned veteran of teaching, but I do have some experience in classroom management:
- I have attended school, in some form or another, for over two decades.
- My first brush with teaching came while working at a summer camp in the northern Adirondack Mountains in New York. I started teaching there when I was 17 years old and stayed until I was 23. I taught a few different subjects from crafts to model rocketry to archery and air gun marksmanship. This is when I first realized I wanted to be a teacher. It’s also when I realized that classroom management is very important, especially if all your students have guns or rockets.
- I received a M.S. in Education with a 4.0 GPA from a relatively prestigious school. This is where I got my first taste of “real” classroom teaching. I knew immediately that I had made the right decision and that teaching was a field that I would enjoy working in.
- After graduating, I moved back home to the Adirondacks and substitute taught for a few months, mostly in poverty schools. Although I was not there for a long time, I feel like I learned a lot about classroom management here. It gave me experience all over the spectrum from kindergarten to high school and special education rooms to AP classes.
- In February 2012, I moved to South Korea to teach English in a public middle school. It was mostly out of necessity that I really honed my classroom management skills very quickly here. When you have a classroom full of 40 middle school boys screaming in a language you don’t understand, classroom management skills are a must.
Of course, I am still learning and improving my classroom management. This site will be a chronicle of what I learn as I continue my career as a teacher. But, I also believe I have something unique to say that will be of value to many teachers old and new.
With all this in mind, here are the goals I would like to achieve over the next year:
- At least 100 posts of around 500 words or longer. That’s 50,000 words. 137 words a day. 5.7 words per hour. I will be posting to the site primarily every Monday and Thursday, but will also be posting the occasional Teacher Profile on a separate day.
- In addition to the 100 regular postings on the site, I want to complete 20 Teacher Profiles. These profiles will look at other teachers who are successfully managing their own classrooms.
- At least 500 regular and loyal readers who follow MYClassroom posts through –email updates, RSS, or just be coming around to the site.
Eventually, I will release an e-book on classroom management. That will be at least a year and a half away, however, due to current contractual obligations.
For now, though, I will be focusing on producing great content and, hopefully, the rest will follow. I hope you will enjoy following along!