I guess I’ll start this blog by introducing myself. So…’ello World Wide Web! -I’m Elsabeth Hepworth (see fancy title above) and I am currently a second-year MAT student (working toward my Master of Arts in Teaching) at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. I decided to write this post because, quite frankly, I needed a place to share my thoughts and ideas. Venturing into the world of education, I have so many frustrations, questions, observations and interests. This is an ideal venue to showcase these queries – and hopefully a few of the triumphs, as well.
This idea came to me while I was surfing Pinterest and haphazardly repinning everything even remotely interesting to my teaching boards – I thought, perhaps I should return the favor. Instead of hopping on the train of mindless re-pinning, why not contribute a little.
So without further ado, a little about this blog: over the past two years, I have been working toward a primary endorsement in Secondary English (in the state of Iowa, this means I will be qualified to teach grades 6-12). I am also earning supplemental endorsements in Secondary Foreign Language (Spanish) and ESL (grades K-12). I am a Simpson College graduate with bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish. During my undergraduate years at Simpson, I was fortunate enough to spend a semester studying in Seville, Spain. In the past two years, I have logged over 400 hours in classrooms ranging from elementary ELL and after-school enrichment programs, to high school Spanish and Reading Strategies.
My hope is that this blog will serve a number of functions: first, it will serve as a place for me to voice my ideas, insight, and frustrations as they pertain to education and the teaching profession. With that said, I want this site to also be a refuge – a place where I can go to share not only my bad days – but the projects, units, lessons, and experiences that make this job so rewarding. My hope is that you feel the same way when you come to this site. I feel truly honored to be entering a profession where I have colleagues and peers the world over.
So welcome to Mrs. Hepworth’s Musings on All Things Teaching.