I started blogging as a way to reflect and push myself to really think about my teaching. I haven’t stopped since! I love collaborating with other educators in my school and in my PLN (Personal Learning Network) on Twitter. They have helped me to grow in ways I hadn’t even considered thanks to their support. I decided to call my blog Venspired because I am inspired by learning in my classroom every single day. The number one source of inspiration? Students. Our classroom is busy, it requires teamwork, and things never stop moving!
I have been working in education for 11 years. I have been to Space Camp several times and have a huge passion for space science and teaching STEAM (Science, Technology, Math, Arts, Engineering). I also love decorating my classroom with a new theme each year, and you can take a tour here. The inquiry based learning and community building I learned in eMINTS professional development has been a huge part of my teaching style. I strive to make my classroom a place where kids can imagine, create, dream, and explore. I don’t believe in telling kids what to think, I believe in teaching them HOW to think.
I enjoy creating items with the computer and can remember using PrintShop for the first time in fifth grade to make a greeting card. Back then, the printers were the dot-matrix kind that go back and forth creating little squares of black, white, and grey. Now I create everything with Adobe PhotoShop CS5. I’ve done a little freelance design work, some photography, and just enjoy a good creative hobby. But, my heart belongs in learning!
My very first class, 2001-2002. It kind of seems like a million years ago, but also seems like yesterday.