On Teaching


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.


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