As teachers, we know that the time-consuming efforts of lesson planning often come at a cost of your valuable personal time. It is our hope that this online Social Studies Classroom will be a place for Social Studies teachers to cut down on some of these costs, and a serve as a platform to help these educators be the teachers they have always dreamed of becoming. We are seeking save teacher’s valuable time and make the planning process EASY and EFFICIENT by offering teacher-tested TOOLS that you can use in your classroom TOMORROW, at little to no-cost. We also hope to share some of the latest tips, tricks, trends, and technology that are useful for the Secondary Social Studies classroom. We look forward to building, collaborating with, and serving the amazing community of Social Studies educators!
Every teacher begins his or her career full of hope, with innovative ideas, and methods that they are certain will allow them to fulfill their dream of “changing the world one student at a time.” When I entered the field of education at twenty-two years old, I was no different. I had a dream to become the teacher that every student wished for. I was absolutely certain that my classroom would be so engaging, my lesson plans so relevant, and my enthusiasm for learning so high, that my students would never want to leave! I believed that learning, relevance, inspiration and fun could coexist in my classroom, and I wondered why every teacher did not strive to be THAT teacher-the one every student wished for and the one I was clearly going to become.
Naive is an adjective that barely scrapes the surface of the teacher I was at twenty-two. As many new teachers do, I severely underestimated the amount of time that it would take to be THAT teacher every day. By the end of the first semester, I was struggling to make my classroom a relevant, inspirational, and fun place to be. After sacrificing so much of my personal time in my attempt to make this vision a reality, I felt defeated. I had worked so hard, and I had come up short. At twenty-three years old, I found myself in a career crisis. My enemy, Mr. Burnout, became a regular visitor in my classroom, and Mrs. Perfectionism, a former ally of mine, continued to invite him in.
After speaking with many colleagues about this struggle, I learned that my dream of “changing the world” by bringing relevance, inspiration, and fun into the Social Studies Classroom, was not my dream alone. As it turns out, thousands of Social Studies educators share this same vision for the type of classroom they want to create, and face the same struggles as I have, in their attempt to build it. This vision is OURS- Social Studies Educators.
This realization served as inspiration for the creation of a space and platform to for collaboration.
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Lisa is a teacher with a passion of making Social Studies curriculum relevant, inspiring, & fun. Her goal is help students acquire the depth of knowledge & skills necessary to become informed decision-makers & productive global citizens. When she is not in the classroom, Lisa enjoys watching college football, film-making, & spending time outdoors during her favorite season of the year- (you guessed it) SUMMERTIME!
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