Basil on the Wall: not a sage on the stage, just a teacher trying to do a good job in a mediocre system. Permit me my terrible pun, I promise there won’t be many more.
I teach high school social studies in Virginia, where I’ve been since 2005. My own education was in Pennsylvania. Like most teachers, I was unprepared for the realities of the job. I keep trying to get better at it. I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was pretty young, and my mom (teacher, librarian) jokes about how I come from a line of “uppity women teachers.”
I chose social studies because I am passionate about history and its importance in everything around us. My major hobby is historical reenactment and teaching/performing historical dance. My favorite era to study is the Renaissance but my favorite era of dance is the English Country Dance tradition from 1600-1800, from which square, contra and line dancing all developed.
I blog because journaling and reflection are a very important part of teaching for me. My bachelor’s program was so emphatic about reflection that we joked about getting t-shirts with little mirrors on them that said “Reflect This!” I haven’t been as good about journaling as I used to be, and I’m hoping that having an audience will help me get back good habits.