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Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight: Michelle Griffo

Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight: Michelle Griffo

By Jessica Sanders

Today’s Teacher Appreciation Week spotlight is on Michelle Griffo, a social-media power user, who’s sharing amazing teaching ideas on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and her blog.

“Learning how to be a an effective educator is a process, and there is always opportunity to succeed, fail, and learn.”

Q. How long have you been teaching?

This is my 8th year teaching! I have taught in a public school, private school, and overseas in Cairo, Egypt! The grades have stretched between Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade.

Q. What’s your favorite social media platform?

My favorite education-focused social media account is Instagram! My account is @applesandabcs!

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Q. What’s your favorite classroom tech tool?

My favorite classroom tech tool is the document camera and overhead projector. This has completely changed the way I teach, and how engaging my lessons are.

Q. Who inspires you?

Fellow bloggers inspire me. I have met a wonderful group of teachers who I now call friends. Some of the most inspirational people are Hadar Maor @MissKindergarten and Layla Henry @FancyFreein4th.

“What I love most about teaching, specifically teaching Kindergarten, is how much the kids learn in one year.”

Q: What’s your teaching motto?

My motto is to find creative ways to keep the kids engaged that allow them to use hands on materials.

Q: What do you love most about teaching?

What I love most about teaching, specifically teaching Kindergarten, is how much the kids learn in one year. They enter Kindergarten barely knowing the letter sounds, and they leave writing multiple sentences.

Q: What’s the greatest challenge you’ve had to overcome in the classroom?

The greatest challenge for me is being a perfectionist. It has been difficult to learn that every lesson won’t go perfectly as planned, that kids will learn in different ways and sometimes I think a lesson will be meaningful and effective, and it turns out to be a complete flop!

Learning how to be a an effective educator is a process, and there is always opportunity to succeed, fail, and learn.

The hardest thing to learn is balance—knowing when to walk away for the day and when to work a little longer so you an check one more thing off your list. Just remember: the list will still be there tomorrow!”

Q: What’s your #1 tip for new teachers?

Teaching can be overwhelming because there is always a “to-do” list that’s a mile long. You can always be doing more or doing things bigger, and better.  For this, I suggest making a list of necessary things to do for each day, week, and month, then keep crossing things off your list and adding to it as you go.

The hardest thing to learn is balance—knowing when to walk away for the day and when to work a little longer so you an check one more thing off your list. Just remember: the list will still be there tomorrow!

Q: How has being an avid social media user changed your teaching? 

Social media has COMPLETELY changed the way I teach. Social media allows me to see into other people’s classrooms, which inspires and encourages me to be creative and try new ideas! More than anything, it’s helped me create a network of teacher friends that I wouldn’t know if it wasn’t for social media.

Check out Michelle’s blog, ApplesandABCs.com.

Follow her on Twitter: @ApplesandABCs, Pinterest: MichelleGriffo, Facebook: ApplesandABCs and Instagram: @ApplesandABCs.

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