Niagara Gazette


June 21, 2007


Michael Hamner is in his first year teaching social studies at LaSalle Middle School. The following is his blog on his teaching experience.


Here it is... my final blog as a first year teacher. The year went really quick. It really seems like yesterday I was writing my first blog. My first year has taught me an awful lot. The biggest lesson I learned was the importance of major and minor points of the curriculum. Certain things need to be covered in more depth than others. As I write this I am sitting in my classroom. No students, desks piled in the corner, not a sign that this classroom of mine was a Social Studies classroom. Next year it becomes a Language Arts classroom.

These blogs have provided me the forum to express my feelings, views and experiences as a first year teacher. I am very upbeat and positive as a teacher and a person. I guess you can say I look at the glass half full. This is truly the best job you can ever have. Its been only two days but I really miss my students already. Seeing a group of young men and women grow and mature over 10 months has been very rewarding.

If you haven't experienced your first year of teaching yet, here's some advice. You will hear how tough it is. It's not. Put every bit of yourself into your job. It's only tough if you make it. There is nothing like seeing a student's reaction when they see you at a school dance, play or music performance.

It has been my pleasure writing this blog. I hope anybody who has read it has enjoyed it. Although this is summer coming up I would like to give any advice to anybody who wants it. You can e-mail me at I would be happy to answer any questions or give any advice you may have.

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