Heeeyyyy! Happy Thursday! As I'm gearing up for year 12 (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!) and reviewing my first day of school activities, I thought I'd share them with you! If you're on Twitter (give me a follow @Bethany_Petty) then you know back-to-school activities and what you do on the first day has been the subject of MUCH debate. Do you dive in with procedures? Start with the syllabus? Do a "get to ... Read More about Back-to-School 2019: My Plan for the First Day
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Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm writing to you today from the comfort of my desk chair in my basement office at HOME! That's right - we're out! My last day was last Friday and I've been sleeping late, taking naps, wearing shorts, and hanging out with my daughters. I'm also drinking coffee, but that's no different than any other day of the year ;) We're getting ready to head to the library now, but ... Read More about Happy Birthday, Illuminate!
Hello, friends! Happy Sunday! I hope your week is off to a great start and you're getting ready to tackle the week ahead. Last Friday, I did something I rarely do as a teacher - I took a day off. Yes, I took a mental health day, as we sometimes call the days that we take off when no one is sick, no one has a doctor appointment, we're not going to a conference/workshop/meeting. I just took a day ... Read More about If You Give a Teacher a Day Off
Happy Sunday morning, friends! I'm coming to you today half-way through my second cup of coffee, downing my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology, and still trying to process all of the awesomeness from ISTE18. Though I was only able to attend ISTE on Tuesday, it was such a fabulous experience that I can't wait to repeat next year, especially since ISTE19 is in Philadelphia -- a history nerd's DREAM! Here ... Read More about #ISTE18 — Reflections and Tips from an ISTE First-Timer
Tomorrow, I start my tenth year teaching. TEN YEARS. It doesn't seem possible! I still feel like a new teacher - excited and nervous for the first day of school. As I mentally prepare for heading back to the most important job in the world, I'm thinking back to my first year teaching. I was 22 years old and had just graduated from college about 3 months earlier. I was SCARED TO DEATH! As a way of ... Read More about Dear First Year Teacher – A Letter to Myself as a New Teacher