My name is Becky Bair, and I am a 4th grade teacher in the Elizabethtown Area School District in south central Pennsylvania. We're located about an hour and a half west of Philly and about the same distance north of Baltimore. My roommate and I are the happy mom and dad to three labs, Abby, Max, and Lizzy. I enjoy hiking, camping, listening live local music at my favorite local establishments, and spending time with family and friends.
This is my 18th year of teaching, all in E-town, and I've taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, a 4th / 5th multiage class, and started the elementary technology program for the district. When I returned to the classroom I knew there was more my students and I could do with technology, and each year I implement a few more projects or tools to help enhance my students' learning. It’s been a long road of baby steps, but I love seeing how far my students and I have come. These past few years I have learned more through Twitter chats, reading and commenting on blog posts, and participating in online sessions than I ever expected. I want to continue to make connections and find learning opportunities for both me and my students.
Over the past year I've come to see that my passion is teaching the whole child so I'm really focusing on making each year one that will help my students grow socially, emotionally and academically. It's certainly something I always hoped to do, but even with the growing emphasis on data and test scores, I'm being especially mindful about it.
You can follow me on Twitter @becky7274, and you can reach me via email. I have blogged for the Voices for the Learning Revolution and Middleweb, I am a proud PLPeep, and I served as a Connected Coach with PLP as well.
As always, the views expressed on this blog are my own and do not in any way represent the opinions of my employer. I welcome any and all respectful comments, whether you agree or disagree with my ideas, so that we can all learn and grow together.