Ahoy Islanders! Mr. S here to tell you a little bit about myself! I'm currently an elementary STREAM teacher (STREAM/STEAM/STEM...STREAM = Science-Technology-Reading-Engineering-Arts-Math). It's my first year teaching this type of class, before that I was teaching public school K-5th grade general music for 11 years, 3-5 choir, and even some 4-5th grade instrumental music.
I originally created bluerockisland.com as basically just a way to organize Youtube videos that I used in my elementary school music classes. I found out that by embedding the Youtube videos here I could eliminate distractions in the from of long-version ads that sometimes play at the start of videos, pesky autoplay after videos finish, and students clicking on videos I didn't want them watching on the main Youtube page. "Stay on the Island!" I would say during free time sessions or anytime I had a substitute and students were using the site.
In a year off from education I transformed the website from student focused to teacher focused. I moved the embedded youtube videos off the site (it's a Youtube policy revenue thing) and on to an easy to navigate page on Youtube. I tackled many other non-related projects and eventually the school year ended and I took the summer off from web work. I got a call from an old friend...and back to classroom I went, this time as an elementary STREAM teacher!
My job is unique in that I teach classes but also work with a lot of tech. I even get to sometimes plan and work side-by-side with classroom teachers...which leads me to Blue Rock Island 3.0 - a place for elementary classroom ideas from science to music, lots of tech, and a little bit of storytelling mixed in. We'll be posting a blog post a week in 2020, going live Sunday morning, right when you're drinking your morning coffee and getting your mind in the teaching game for a new week! We hope to see you here:)
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein