We are very lucky to have Mrs. Hogenbirk join our school and classroom. Mrs. Hogenbirk will teach 8T all day on Fridays as I am out of the classroom as "lead teacher." Kaitlin is coming from Wiarton where she was teaching Grade 7/8. I am very confident having Kaitlin in our the classroom. I know that she shares many of the same philosophies as I do so students will feel consistency on Fridays when she is in the room. Not only is Kaitlin an amazing teacher, she brings with her a variety of experiential learning opportunities that 8T will get to experience.
Mrs. Hogenbirk has spent 1 day with 8T, and I believe that almost all students mentioned to me at least once that the class likes her more than they like me! Which, I did predict would happen.
I have wanted to create a classroom website since getting my permanent position at EHCPS. It has taken over two years for a variety of reasons, mostly my lack of knowledge about creating/ maintaining a website. However, last year as part of a classroom project to spread awareness on a global issue, two students (Sam Dvernychuk and Alyssa Lawrence) created an outstanding website to inform visitors about poverty around the world. They had never created a website before and worked through all the difficulties they encountered. This really inspired me to push my insecurities to the side and take the plunge to creating a classroom website.
My goals for this website are to improve parent communication and allow a glimpse into our classroom. You will find a calendar with all the important upcoming dates, and a variety of classroom updates. These updates will be in the form of blogs written to talk about past events or upcoming events. I hope to even have students writing these blog posts. Under classroom updates you will also find a homework page that is updated daily, and some of our bigger assignment sheets. I hope these pages allow students to stay up to date and allow guardians the opportunity to feel connected to the classroom.
Finally the contact page allows guardians an opportunity to provide feedback of any sort directly to me. If there is anything that you would like to see on the site, please let me know, this is certainly a work in progress.