One of the best things about being on the road presenting Teach Like A Rock Star to educators from coast to coast is the people I meet. Correction: it’s not one of the best things, it is the absolute best thing.
Here’s an example of what I mean. While speaking in Charlotte, NC a few months ago I met a teacher during one of the breaks – Monica Schroeder. As we were talking, I was thinking to myself, “Man, I bet she’s an AWESOME teacher.” Well, turns out I was right. Monica and I have stayed in touch since that day and not only did I learn that she’s in fact an AMAZING educator, but she also LOVES to share her stuff with other teachers.
I’ll let Monica tell you all about it . . .
A forever teacher…that’s me! Mrs. Schroeder rhymes with gator. 36 years in the making. I have been a teacher for as long as I can remember. I have taught teddy bears, Barbie Dolls, my brothers and sisters and an occasional child that I have babysat. I have taught in day-cares, a migrant camp, after-school programs, four different elementary schools, three different grade levels and six different classrooms. Oh…I forgot two different states.
I can’t brag to you about a Masters in Reading or National Boards. I am, however, a busy mother of 2 youngsters, a wife, and a teacher with 10 years of experience in the trenches. I have been a cooperating teacher for 2 different colleges. I have and continue to present for student teachers through those colleges. I am in my 6th year of teaching 2nd grade. I started my career in Ohio and I now reside in the much warmer state of North Carolina.
Through much of the metamorphosis of becoming a teacher, I have found that I have a certain knack for creating interactive and hands on lessons. I can turn just about anything into a jingle and incorporate it into classroom transitions. I have a unique way of looking at classroom management and I am a magnet for new teachers. I am addicted to their excitement and eagerness to try new things.
I also have caught the technology bug after volunteering to take on the task of Smartboard training for my grade level. I haven’t stopped since. I am now in the process of combining my years of lesson building and idea collecting into a teacher resource website at www.TheSchroederPage.com. I will also be presenting Smart Board Boot Camp at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in March for their newest group of student teachers.
What is next for me? I am not sure but I love sneaking around the next corner waiting to be surprised!
Be sure to check out what Mrs. Schroeder has going on at www.TheSchroederPage.com.
Then, swing by her blog at http://schroederpage.blogspot.com/.
You’ll be glad you did, she’s a total Rock Star Teacher with a boatload of GREAT ideas.
~Hal BowmanBack to The Buzz