South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year Jenna Hallman launched a blog in August for those who want to keep up with her yearlong statewide education tour.
Hallman, who teaches science at Calhoun Academy of the Arts in Anderson, is about halfway through a residency at the Winthrop University based Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement. During the year she’s driving around the state visiting schools, meeting with public officials and speaking to groups.
While colorful anecdotes and snappier headlines would jazz up “Jenna’s Journey” (the Nov. 5-7 post is titled “Staff Meeting”), Hallman does a good job of bringing readers along for the ride. I’m a fan of any effort to peel back the curtain over the complex world of public education.
It seems Hallman would agree. Earlier this year she said, “My blog allows me to serve as a personal tour guide to others who are not able to view education from this vantage point.”
Hallman also consistently posts entries (which is more than can be said of The Herald’s education reporter). Some posts run a little long. But others are useful.
In her Nov. 3 entry, Hallman describes her visit to North Greenville University where she spoke to a student audience of mostly education majors.
“I discussed the ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective First Year Teachers,’” she writes. “I explained that these habits were important during practicums and student teaching as well. Here are the seven habits I discussed.
1. Spend time building relationships
2. Stay positive
3. Be prepared
4. Ask questions
5. Be professional
6. Strive to be innovative
7. Laugh, enjoy each and every day, and don’t quit!”
Click here to browse Hallman’s blog.
She welcomes feedback. Click on the “E-mail Jenna!” link at the top of her home page.