When I decided to enter back into the world of blogging I thought it would be a good idea to narrow my focus down to three categories:
- Participating in a PLN (personal learning network) – I need a space to grow professionally so using a blog to reflect and share experiences with others in my field, around the world, simply makes a lot of sense in the world of Web 2.0. I want to participate in a community that supports and encourages each other and while I really (really, really) enjoy Twitter, I’d like to be able to express myself with a bit more length!
- Organization and cataloging of really useful and cool stuff – websites, blogs, podcasts, videos…I come across a ton of stuff that I can see myself using with my students and I haven’t found a way to keep track of it all. I hope having a blog will provide one space where I can link to and organize the information. (Can you tell I am reticent about achieving this goal?? There is just SO MUCH great stuff out there!)
- Sharing classroom ideas and experiences – I do a lot of fun stuff in my classes, well, most of the time, so I’d like to share it with the world. Also, I’d like to remember it the next year when I plan my classes again. In addition, linked with the above objectives, I like the idea of collaborating and using the resources available to us!
On a more personal note: I am a 30-something American mother to two young children (The boy born December 2005 and The Girl born June 2009) and along with my husband and our very fat cat we live in the suburbs of Paris. I work at a small, private school that uses pedagogie nouvelle (part of the inspiration for my blog title) and I teach English as a foreign language to the entire school – from maternelle (ages 3 to 5) up to CM2 (10 years old)! When I am not working (or thinking about working) I enjoy running, hiking, reading, listening to music, doing crafts, and playing games with my kids.
Want to know more? Got questions? Interested in collaborating? Please feel free to e-mail me or look for me on twitter @Sarah_WG