Hello everyone! This is my blog about great teaching ideas and materials to help students develop critical and creative thinking. My name is Susan Morrow, and I am the gifted coordinator for my school system. I absolutely love my job! One of my favorite aspects of my job is working with general education teachers to make modifications for the gifted students in their classrooms. I am certified in elementary education, gifted and talented education, and educational leadership. I also have National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. Although most of my teaching experience has been with gifted students, I often do workshops for special education and general education teachers. I find that the only difference between teaching gifted students and any other student is not the teaching strategies a teacher uses, but the level of depth and complexity in the instructional activities. When I'm working with teachers on critical thinking, creativity, or classroom engagement, it doesn't matter what they teach. Good teaching strategies are good for all students.
I have taught school since 1975 (I did start teaching when I was 20 years old), so I'm not a newbie to the world of teaching. I am however, a newbie to the world of blogging, so you will have to bear with me until I get all the ins and outs of blogging under my belt.
Throughout my 38 years of teaching, I have created and shared materials with hundreds of teachers. Since I will be retiring in several years, I started thinking about what I would do after retirement. Several friends suggested writing books and becoming a consultant. I only know that there is no way I can sit at home gardening and decorating and not being able to create, so I have decided to start developing quality curriculum materials and selling them on Teachers Pay Teachers. I posted my first item in November of 2012 and I am slowly but surely adding to my collection of materials, many of which are free. I don't ever plan on getting rich, but it is something I want to do to hopefully keep in touch with teaching after retirement.
On a personal note, I am a mother of four and a grandmother of three - a granddaughter who is 6, and two grandsons ages 11 months and 4 months, so we are a very busy family. All of us scuba dive (including the sons-in-law) except one of our daughters. I believe the most thrilling dive I have ever been on is a shark dive in Nassau with Stuart Cove divers. I thought I would be terrified, but instead I felt exhilarated and was never afraid.
I hope you will visit my blog often and become a follower.
Remember to always Keep "em Thinking! - Susan