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My 2010 Most Memorable Teaching Moments

December 31, 2010

I’ve just read Larry Ferlazzo’s post on his 2010 most memorable classroom moments. So much can be learned by reading other educators’ successful stories. It’s so important to share them. It’s by spreading the word that we can help and inspire other people. So, here are my 2010 most memorable classroom moments. I decided to share them, because I truly believe that passionate teaching is contagious!

Blogging with my students has been amazing. It’s been an A-ha “experience”. Blogging with them has proven to me how much they are willing to work and learn when they find something meaningful. I’m still amazed that many of them have kept blogging even after school finished! Our blog has helped us create a wonderful learning environment in our classroom. It has made such a difference – for my students AND for me. I was even invited to present for the 3rd Virtual Round Table Conference, which has been recently nominated for the ELTons awards.

You can read about our blogging adventure here:

Our Singing Fridays event was magical! This has been one of the most incredible moments in my classroom. Students singing, having fun and of course, learning! Having my students prepare their songs so enthusiastically was great. They spent a lot of time at home looking for songs, practicing and listening to them. What’s more, some of them have even written their own songs! This meant a lot of language exposure outside the classroom, which was great. Oh yes, we learned and had fun!

You can read more about it here:

Connecting my classroom with the world has been so wonderful. We Skyped with Joan Young’s class in the US on our last day of school. We shared our “Singing Fridays” with them. It was one of the most incredible moments in my teaching career. Let me tell you, once more my students have proven to me they are willing to give their best when they find projects, tasks and activities relevant.

You can read about out adventure here:

Another memorable experience was being able to help a struggling student who has attention deficit disorder. He had serious confidence issues and was left out quite a lot. Not only has he changed greatly, but he is also a really good student now. What’s more, he has even developed leadership skills!

You can read his story here:

On September 15th, Mrs A., a really passionate teacher, died at school. This was an extremely sad moment for us all. It was such an intense experience. Although I didn’t know Mrs. A much, I did know she was absolutely inspiring. Everyone at school loved her so much. My students were really devastated and so was I. To be honest, I was totally unprepared for this.

You can read more about this moment and how I handled it here:

This has been a memorable year all round. Bringing the world into my classroom has made a big difference for me and my students. Not only have my students learned and grown, but so have I.  I’m really thankful for my students. Stepping away from our comfort zones and learning together was truly inspiring.

You can read my goodbye letter to them here:

You can also check our end of the year video. I asked my students to write a few words on their thoughts about our year together:

I’d like to especially thank all my readers and members of my PLN. You have all made such a difference for me. You have inspired me to take huge steps and challenged me to jump into wonderful adventures! Thanks to you I have grown and my teaching has changed greatly. I’d like to wish you all a wonderful New Year. A 2011 packed with memorable moments and learning opportunities. Looking forward to continuing learning and collaborating together!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2010 3:04 pm

    An excellent post, Greta! Wow! You and your students did so much this year. All of you have inspired so many people from around the world … and I’m grateful that I’m one of these people that get to learn from you every day. Thank you for all you do!


    • January 3, 2011 1:11 pm

      Aww Aviva! Thanks so much! You have also inspired me to do so many things. I love learning with/from you. I’m really thankful for that! Looking forward to continuing learning together!

  2. December 31, 2010 3:34 pm

    Once again you have captured my heart with your passion for learning. You have inspired, challenged and encouraged so many of us with your updates this year and I am so proud of you! Keep the great posts coming and continue to showcase to the world what authentic learning looks like in the classroom. I look forward to learning from you in 2011. 🙂 God Bless and Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • January 3, 2011 1:15 pm

      Wow Eddie! Thanks so much. It seriously means a lot coming from a wonderful educator like you. I love having you in my PLN! Have a wonderful and blessed 2011! Looking forward to more sharing and learning from you!

  3. December 31, 2010 4:27 pm

    Wow! Love this post. It is so amazing that you were able to reflect on the entire year through your blog posts. The end of year video was such a great idea, and it had to make you and the kids feel great about the year. Enjoy your time off. I look forward to continuing to learn from you in 2011.

    • January 3, 2011 1:18 pm

      Thanks so much Julie! I really appreciate it! The video made us feel really good. We showed it on our open class at the end of the year. We were all really moved by it and so were the kids’ parents! Thanks for all your support and encouragement! Looking forward to continuing to learn from you in 2011! Have a wonderful New Year!

  4. December 31, 2010 5:47 pm

    Just discovered your blog and was moved by the several posts I have read. I’ve already subscribed! May you keep your passion and enjoyment burning for may years to come!
    As an “old hand” (It’s my 25th year!) let me tell youu that being open to ideas and willingness to try new things is what keeps me int he profession!
    May this new year be a good one for you!

    • January 3, 2011 1:29 pm

      Wow Thank you so much for your words and subscribing to my blog Naomi! I’m so honored! I’m following you on twitter now! Looking forward to learning with and from you! May this be a wonderful year for you! Thanks again!

  5. January 1, 2011 11:42 pm

    Your beautiful heart and giving spirit shine through in this post. Thank you for sharing your journey of 2010. Your students this year were so fortunate to have you; your influence on them will last a lifetime I am certain.
    Thank you for mentioning our Skype adventure and linking to my post as well.
    You are an inspiration to me and so many others. 🙂

    • January 3, 2011 1:37 pm

      Aww Joan, Thank you so much! Thanks for being part of my 2010 journey. You have inspired me so much. Sharing our last day of school with you was truly a gift! Looking forward to continue to learn and collaborate together this year! Thanks for all your support and inspiration!

  6. Faith Shabat permalink
    January 2, 2011 1:17 am

    You are truly an inspiration to all of us. Even though you’re on summer break, you continue to work at full steam! I love your end-of the year video. How clever to mix photos with comments from the kids. Your students (and PLN) are lucky to be included in your enthusiastic ventures. May you continue to travel onward and upward in your educational journey! Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year to you and all of your loved ones.
    Your Chicago twitter friend,

    • January 3, 2011 2:29 pm

      Thank you so much Faith! You’re really sweet! I’m so lucky to have you in my PLN! Looking forward to learning with/from you! May you and yours have a wonderful 2011!

  7. January 2, 2011 2:56 am

    Thank you for sharing your best moments, it is all of these learning stories that convince me that 2011 is going to be a great year of transformation for learning!

    • January 3, 2011 2:30 pm

      Thanks Kelly! I loved what you said about 2011 being a great year of transformation for learning! I’m sure it will! Have a wonderful New Year!

  8. January 6, 2011 4:38 am

    This is such a wonderful post, and a great way to reflect upon the end of a year. I liked the video, too. It seems like you have a wonderful class!

    • January 10, 2011 11:05 am

      Thanks so much Anaka! It was a wonderful year and I had an amazing class. I’ll never forget them! 🙂

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