Every year I say to my class “I’ve got good news and bad news for you.”

The good news is that I’m a better teacher than I was last year. The bad news is that I’m not as good a teacher as I will be after our year together.

I’m always learning, always trying to build on what I know and improve my instruction. This blog is my way of sharing that journey.

I’ve been teaching middle school social studies for thirteen years – and I still love it!

12 comments so far

  1. Emilia on

    This is fantastic!

  2. Tara on

    I am so glad I found your blog! It’s hard to find social studies blogs, I’ve discovered.

  3. Nicole on

    This is a great blog and very inspiring for a new (this is my 2nd year) middle school social studies teacher. I am always struggling with lesson plan ideas and find your blog very motivating for me. Please keep posting your wonderful ideas as I truly appreciate them.

    Also, it was because of your blog that I implemented interactive notebooks this year๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Mary Jimenez on

    I am brand new to 5th grade – after 21 years as K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd teacher of gifted kids. Can I say how EXCITED I am about the interactive notebooks?? LOVE it and eagerly am planning my curriculum ideas for next year. I will be doing a block schedule and teaching Lang Arts and Social Studies.You have completely inspired me!๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Vickie on

    Love your blog. I just found it, and I will be returning often for inspiration!

  6. Connie on

    I began using interactive notebooks last year in my 5th grade social studies class. They were a huge success. My goal next year is to move most of the activity toward using Edmodo. I look forward I hearing how you are using Edmodo with your notebooks!

  7. Sabrina Mabry on

    I have taught elementary for 18 years and have chosen to teach 8th grade Am. History this year! I’m so excited, and I love your blog! Please keep posting your wonderful insights and ideas!

  8. Dawn Fabre on

    I cannot thank you enough for sharing all your wisdom! You have transformed my classroom. I finally feel like a great teacher instead of just wanting to be one! So excited about what my students will accomplish this year thanks to your willinginess to share. It has given me the road map I needed to get our the rut I was in! Thank you much!!! You aren’t just changing your own students lives, you are changing my kids as well!

  9. Michele Jackson on

    I’m happy that I found your blog! I teach middle school social studies and as you know there’s not much out there. Thank you! I’m looking forward to reading your posts about the ISN. I LOVE mine and can’t wait to see what you do๐Ÿ™‚

  10. mrsgannon on

    Thank you!

  11. Kathy Clark on

    You have some great ideas. I use Weslandia every year with my 7th grade class to introduce the concepts of Civilization. I like your GRAPES concept. Funny, I recently discovered the PERSIA Graphic organizer too. Check out the Lowell, MA National Park. They have many resources for teaching industrialization including some other simulations you may like.

  12. mrsgannon on

    Thank you, I will!

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