I have to admit, I think I have always disliked the idea of blogging. I thought of the people who blogged as people who are trying to force their opinions on anything and everything, whether they are knowledgeable or not. In hindsight, I think that was a very unfair opinion. However I will do my best to not tell people what or how they should think.
The purpose of this blog will be to make me (and hopefully you) a better teacher. I have taught in some way since 2007, and I have loved it ever since (if any of you care to know a little more about me, let me know. Otherwise I won't bore you with those details). Lately I have been a little discouraged preparing my algebra students for the Keystone exam, and I fell as though I have been leaning on direct instruction to cram in as much information as possible in a very short period of time.
However the past day or so I have felt a renewed sense of enjoyment from teaching. I really do love teaching, and I feel as though I will really be able to show what I can do in my second real full year of teaching. But that is next year.
This year I started a blog. I have a cool idea for a lesson tomorrow in my Pre-Calc class (Thanks Nora), and I am chaperoning a field trip Friday. So the point of this first post was for me to think about why I love teaching, because I really do love it. I can't wait to get to work in the morning.