My name is Renee Miler and I am new to the blogging scene. I want a place to share some of the random things that take place in my life, and in my classroom. I also want to share some of the interesting sites, blogs, and people that I come across on the web. I have seen so many awesome blogs lately that I must admit I am a little bit intimidated. However, most are geared toward the elementary classroom and this one will be more for those of us who are crazy enough to teach in the middle.
I have been a teacher for 16 years at a small rural school in Missouri. I teach 7th grade, 8th grade. and Freshman language arts (no pressure there). I really like teaching and I love my job. I must admit though that it seems that teachers have become the "bad guys" in the last few years both in the media, and with lawmakers. If you have tenure and have devoted you life to a school district, people assume you no longer work as hard, or you are unwilling to try new strategies in your classroom. I think this current mentality is what has prompted me to start this blog.
I have changed the way I do things every year in my room. I am constantly on the lookout for some way to make my lessons more engaging for my kids. I will be sharing some of my finds, and some of the things that I have learned over the years on weekly posts to this site. Hopefully, you will be able to find some ideas to help you in your classroom as you pursue your career in the ever changing world of education.