Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Simply SWEET TEAching Edition!

So.....we've pretty much dropped off the face of the Earth for the last month for several reasons. Life has been crazy as usual, we've both been traveling for one reason or another, AND we've been looking for JUST the right blog design... and we finally found it!!  Thanks to Alicia from DreamLikeMagic (and a fellow South Carolina girl from Myrtle Beach), we have a beautiful new blog design!  Life is good and our blog is happy now. haha. We have so many new ideas to share with you from our classrooms, and we are so excited.  We both talked over the weekend about the purpose and "mission" per say, of our blog, and what we really agreed on was that we wanted to focus on several things:  PURPOSEFUL teaching and learning activities, STANDARDS BASED instructional resources, and REALISTIC ideas that are not going to take you hours to prepare, etc.  We both understand the stresses and demands of teaching (and of home life..especially for you mammas out there), and the pressure on teachers for student performance, test scores, etc.  While we love to have fun in our classrooms and let our students be creative and independent, we understand the need for meaningful and purposeful  instructional ideas and resources, so we hope that our blog will give you both!   Thank you for hanging with us :)

2 comments:

Mrs. K said...

AWESOME MUSIC to my ears!!!! THANK YOU for dedicating your blog to "PURPOSEFUL teaching and learning activities, STANDARDS BASED instructional resources, and REALISTIC ideas that are not going to take you hours to prepare"!!!!!!!!! My heart is jumping up and down with all the joy it's experiencing from your post!! I CANNOT WAIT!! I work for a hard-core, no fluff, standards based & date driven instruction, school district...ALL of my lessons need to be applicable and rock! Also, I'm a Georgia native, but my heart belongs to South Carolina (that's where my hubs is from and where we will eventually move back to.) GO GAMECOCKS!! Thanks again and I'm looking forward to learning lots more of good stuff from y'all:)

Simply Sweet Teaching said...

Thanks Mrs. K!! We LOVE all the "fun stuff" on Pintrest and education blogs, and there ARE some really great ideas and resources out there, but we are noticing a lot of "fluff" too. We are definitely feeling the pressure for high levels of student achievement, and while kids need to cut and paste, that is not what is going to raise test scores and create 21st century independent thinkers and learners. Thanks for your support!! Please spread the word about us to your friends and colleagues!!

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