Are You A First Year Teacher?

The title of the blog this year is reflective of our high school colleagues and our old new teacher at Green Ridge. I am starting my 22nd year of teaching this week and am a first-year teacher. I think my other high school colleagues feel like first-year teachers and Mike Langan, making his return to the gym after 8 years feels like a first-year teacher. Some days that feels like a negative, but in the quiet moments when I can be reflective, I see this as an opportunity that every teacher should have or even force themselves to do at least once. This opportunity is allowing us to find the struggle that results in improvement. Challenging yourself to step out of your comfort zone is very hard, and can even be messy. Once you wade through the mess, the reward of improvement can be life-enhancing. As many of you navigate being a “first-year teacher,” know that we are with you. Share with each other, your supervisors, and the discussion boards; your colleagues may have a solution or just some affirming words, but all of it amounts to creating an environment of support. #wearewithyou


A few weeks ago Jessica Peconi-Cook and I had the opportunity to interview our own Brian Robinson to discuss his unique view as a building principal who gets to work directly with a Health & Physical Education Department. I hope you enjoy listening as much as Jessica and I enjoyed the interview.




Students in my Net/Racket classes have said they like the app especially that I put things in the “Updates” section because they get alerts and know what to do and when. To quote them, “The app is so easy.” Use the Updates link on the Homepage to communicate announcements to your classes. Please comment about any student feedback you have heard or any feedback you have.



Congratulations to Tim Bigelow, just named the interim head coach of Camp Hill’s Football Team with a very supportive quote from the outgoing coach. Good luck this season!



  1. Elementary Inventory is due by December and you get three hours of trade time for completing.
  2. First department meeting is September 5. We may be online since we just met. Stay tuned
  3. Please use the discussion board in the Health & PE group to communicate about what you are learning about Schoology. I have been working through the atomic learning course and it is very informative and easy to follow.





Welcome Back to 2017-2018 School Year


The Innovators Mindset

Welcome back to the new school year. I hope that all of you had a great summer and refilled your wells with family time, books, vacations, or anything else that made you happy. With our new curriculum being approved, the secondary level will be doing many new things. The middle school will be aligning and teaching a brand new PE curriculum to go with new health curriculum from last year. The high school teachers will be starting with a brand new elective curriculum that opens the door for student voice and student choice. The elementary curriculum is being piloted at Shaull and Sporting Hill with the expectation that it moves to all buildings next year.


The schedule for this week is:

Wednesday, August 16: Convocation at 8 AM. Elementary staff only meet in the Health room for about 45 minutes

Thursday, August 17: Health & PE Inservice All day: 8:00 – 4:00 in Room 309 (Health Room). AGENDA

Friday, August 18: 8:00 – 4:00 Room Prep / Trade day (with enough summer hours of trade time)

Sparking Curiosity: Ramsey Musallam

Spark LearningIt took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works. This talk led to a book just released this summer called SPARK Learning. ENJOY! IT’S ONLY 6 MINUTES