My name is Lauren Anderson, and I have taught in public schools for thirteen years. I am a certified teacher, and I have a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education: Social Studies and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. But, as any good educator knows, degrees don’t make someone a good teacher. Good teaching is a result of passion for the content and students, along with a lot of hard work and planning.
When I first started teaching, I was completely overwhelmed! I had no idea where to start, what to cover, and what not to cover. I felt like I was drowning! Unsatisfied with giving my students “bookwork,” I pushed the textbook to the backburner and began making my own curriculum. Over several years and through a lot of trial and error, I finally felt like I “found my rhythm” as a teacher. That’s not to say that my lessons were perfect, but they had become useful tools, which helped the students interact with and absorb the information in a meaningful way.
Now I homeschool my three children while I continue to work on curriculum development. But just because I’m not in the classroom doesn’t mean I’m not a teacher. I will always be a teacher at heart. I think like a teacher. I look at things through the eyes of a teacher. I have enjoyed the transition from my larger, traditional classroom setting to the smaller, more informal setting which has allowed me to continue to develop my teaching skills in a more personal manner while giving me time to pursue my passion for developing curriculum. (Click here to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store.)