Since I was a child growing up in Bjerringbro, Denmark, I knew I wanted to work with children and somehow help them become the person they envisioned. In January of 2008 I took my first step in making a difference by becoming a math resource teacher, and then transitioned into the classroom as a full time general educator teaching 4th and 5th grade. Now I have found my home as 7th grade English teacher in the phenomenal Oregon school district here in Wisconsin. There is nowhere else I would rather be every day than in the classroom.
I created the Global Read Aloud; a global reading project that has connected more than 500,000 students on 6 continents since its inception in September 2010. The Global Read Aloud continues to be a passion of mine and the project has been nominated for two Edublog awards, one for best use of Wikis and the other for Best Social Network for Educators. But more importantly, teachers around the world have put their heart and soul into the projects and it is this passion for it that drives it forward every year. Who knows where it will go?
We implement various technology in our classroom exploration such as Kidblog, Skype, Edmodo, Prezi, Animoto, Google Apps, and Twitter, but more importantly we function in a no punishment, limited homework, limited grades classroom focused on hands-on learning. My journey would not be as phenomenal if it wasn’t for the incredible students I get to teach every day.
I have been blogging since June 2010 when I decided I wanted a voice to the world. My own blogging journey inspired me to have my students blog as well, here are their incredible student blogs. My blog is visited by educators from all over the world and I am proud of the international debate it has created on topics such as failure in the learning environment, what the role of a teacher is, how to create passionate learning environments, how to ignite student passion in literacy, as well as how to create a successful student blogging classroom.
My classroom website is updated either by myself or my students regularly with everything we do in the classroom. This is our little portal to the world and we love sharing all of the great things we, as well as the crazy things we try that don’t always work.
Other blogs include Mrs. Ripp Reads -a reading review website where my students and the world can see which books I currently recommend, as well as the Global Read Aloud – a worldwide read aloud project that happens every September.