Why I Started This Blog

This is a bit of a tangent, but stay with me …
When I got married, my husband and I went to Disney World for our honeymoon.  While there, I went on the hydroponic facility tour and loved it so much that I made my husband go on it two more times.  I don’t know what it was about the topic of growing plants without dirt that I immediately latched on to, but I was beyond excited about it.
For our anniversary, my husband presented me with a certificate to a hydroponic store.  But more than that, his present included a stack of hydroponic gardening catalogs and magazines.  He said he figured that I could spend hours reading about what I might want to get with my gift certificate, and plan out exactly what type of hydroponic garden I would like.  My response to this was a joyful, “Oh!  You gave me the gift of research!”
I think that we can all remember being so interested in something that we couldn’t read or hear enough about the topic.  Whether it is a sports team, the latest in snowboarding technology, horsemanship, sailing or knitting, there is something (and hopefully many somethings) that we are so passionate about that we want to know about any bit of additional information that appears on the planet about it.  As a teacher of research, I wanted to bring that passion to my students.
We all have tasks to perform as a part of our jobs.  I have mine at work, and I enjoy some more than others.  Students have many responsibilties and obligations as they take on their own learning, some they are more enthusiastic about than others.  But I believe there is something to be said for finding what interests you in every challenge you are presented with. 
I started this blog to begin the process of sorting out in my own brain, how this might be accomplished.

About Paula Montrie

I am a Middle School Librarian at Friends School of Baltimore. I have been a librarian for 11 years, serving 6 years with the Howard County Public School System before arriving at my current school. I teach two classes: SpeechCraft (a combination of information literacy, public speaking and theater), and Media Literacy at the middle school level. I also collaboratively co-teach with a number of teachers at the school, including Music, Geography, and U.S. History. I love it! My professional interests are: information literacy, multiple intelligences and learning styles, teaching through movement, curriculum-writing, technology integration, and bridging the gap between digital natives and digital immigrants. My personal interests are: dancing, singing, knitting, sewing, art, living history, writing and of course - reading!
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