The summer of 2012 was one of great expectations. Throughout the entire 2011-2012 academic year, the students and staff were aware of two very crucial and pertinent things that had a hand in why I started blogging.
1. It was the last year in our current school building which looked like this:
2. We were returning after summer break to a brand new, state of the art building which looked (and still does look) like this:
As anyone who has ever moved anywhere will tell you, there is a lot of purging that must happen during the packing up process. Our old school was located in the industrial sector of our city and had been there for over 30 years. Many teachers, staff members, and students have passed through the corridors of the original JES – and had left behind a trail of papers, books, worksheets… you name it, we found it. The building itself was beginning to look its age and by the end of June of that year, I had decided that only my essentials were making their way into my new space.
You see, the great thing about moving into a brand new building is that everything is brand new. I went from a small rectangular classroom with an old school chalkboard to a large, bright clean classroom with a whiteboard and SmartBoard. I had new storage units, bookcases, and a brand new desk and I was determined to make my new space as awesome as it could be!
That summer, I was also introduced to the power of Teachers Pay Teachers and Pinterest! WOW! I could not believe the quantity and quality of resources and ideas that were out there right at my finger tips. That, along with the excitement and motivation of having a brand new school took me on a whole new direction to decorating my class… and that in turn, brought me to blogging.
After getting into my new classroom and getting tons of ideas on Pinterest, I went to work on the décor. And after getting my classroom set up, I posted some pictures of my personal Facebook account for people to see.
The response to the photos was incredible – and I received one comment from a former colleague that I had worked with for four year in Northern Quebec. Her comment was the one that gave me the idea to start blogging. Here is what she wrote:
Translation: I will look at the rest of your photos later because I have to leave. You should make a blog. You have a magnificent class!!! Lucky!! I want it!!!
So that was the little push I needed to get started and as Barney Stinson would say, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!” I had no idea what I was doing so I just went to WordPress but I followed the directions and my very first blog post was created. My main focus of the blog back then was to keep it as a communication tool between myself, my students, and their parents but as the years went on, I Heart Grade 3 has expanded to include so much more. Blog hops, linky parties, editorial opinion pieces, guest posts, TpT product promotion, and presence in other social media formats has taken this blog to a whole new level.
Blogging does take a lot a time and careful planning but it is something that I have grown to love. My blog has been met with positivity by co-workers, parents, friends, and educators from around the world. I have been able to collaborate with educators from all around the world and I do feel a great sense of pride when someone comments on a post or a photo that I have posted. And I must admit, it feels great to post the milestones that my students make on a daily basis!
So, now you know the reason behind how and why I started blogging. Now it’s your turn! Link up below and tell me your story! I can’t wait to hear it!
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