I can't believe that this year has literally flown by and that I am posting my last blog post here. I want to share some of my personal reflections about blogging for Scholastic and how it has changed me as a teacher. I also want to thank everyone for all of their support!
First and foremost, I would like to thank all the really awesome people at Scholastic. From the top executive and the editors to the other advisors, everyone has been amazingly kind, thoughtful, encouraging, and friendly. I am thrilled to have been part of this company in the capacity of a Classroom Solutions teacher advisor. I'm so glad that I took a chance and submitted my application to become a teacher advisor with Scholastic.
That being said, I highly encourage all of YOU to become more involved in a community outside your school. It has been an amazing experience. The people I have met and the feedback I have received have really enriched me as a person and as a teacher. If your interest is science, consider becoming a Discovery Star Educator. Answer the call for outstanding educators and get involved with textbook pilot groups and other communities of educators. Meeting and talking to others in education has been absolutely amazing.
Second, this was my first experience as a blogger. It's been tough and crazy and wonderful all at the same time. I have learned so much about using TypePad, reaching out to others, and feeling valued. There are so many talented teachers out there with so much to share! I want to encourage everyone to think about putting your ideas and experiences out there by blogging. It will change you. Thank you to all the readers who have followed me this year. I hope that you will continue to follow me at my personal blog "Happy Teaching" at nancyjanghappyteaching.blogspot.com beginning in June. (Can you say giveaways galore?!) There will be more teacher-to-teacher postings, organizational tips, lesson ideas, and book recommendations, as well as some random craftiness and a few unstructured musings.
Finally, thank you to my class and their parents. You have all been amazingly cooperative and patient with being stars of my blog. I appreciated every moment, and I hope you all had fun, too.
Blogging has changed the way I teach. I have done more Internet research, learned the ins and outs of video editing on the Mac and the PC, reached out to teachers I thought were amazing even though I didn't know them personally, and have begun following some amazing teacher bloggers as well. I have felt more connected to each child and to other teachers in general because of blogging. I have experimented with classroom themes, kept myself honest with regard to my hoarding tendencies, and found some very neat resources. I am truly lucky to have shared my year with everyone. I have also had the chance to get to know the other Classroom Solutions advisors, Nancy Barile, Mary Blow, Brent Vasicek, and Allie Magnuson. I feel SO grateful and lucky to have been a part of this group.
Thank you for sharing the journey with me and my class this year.