So, when I read that I was required to submit to the blog by introducing myself, I thought hmmm, what am I going to write? I don't want to seem like a slacker who doesn't write enough, but at the same time, I don't want to look like a pompous Easterner who tells her whole life story.
So, do I tell them that while I wanted to be a cheerleader in high school, I was never chosen for the squad? I ended up being a "bando nerdo" instead. Or that I ended up being a cheerleading coach for over 10 years after high school?
Do I tell them about my daughter's visit to China these last two weeks--doing research with PSU on China's polluted water source?
Maybe I tell them that I love to make jewelry, but I don't seem to have the time. That I enjoy crafts, reading, etc...boring, boring, stuff.
After a bit of deliberating, I decided that I would post a bit of information and add links. This way if someone wants to know more about me...they can read on.
Here is my post:
Well, I tried to post last night from my "smart" phone, but it decided that it had been smart enough for one day; thus, I had to wait until I had my laptop, so I could post on the blog.
My name is Karla Erdman, and I am an English teacher at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching English to tenth graders, I also teach journalism and SAT preparation. Also, I'm the adviser for The Freedom Forum, our school newspaper. We are going through some major cuts and restructuring, so I may be teaching 11th graders next year, too.
Click the links above in the paragraph to visit some websites pertaining to me, my school, and the school newspaper.
I am excited, nervous, and wound-up to attend the Institute at ASU. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and working with different people and getting fabulous ideas. Since the temperature has risen quite a bit here in PA, I am slowly getting used to the heat.
My goal is to come away with some great lesson plan ideas, as well as article ideas for the newspaper. While no one is fan of criticism, I know I'll get a lot, but it will be useful and help my students grow.
Signing off for now. See everyone soon. Have a great end-of-the-school-year!
Freedom High School