I should start by introducing myself. My name is Brian Stockus. I was an elementary school teacher for eight years in Texas. In the middle of that I went back to school to earn my Master’s degree in instructional technology. For the past three years I’ve been working for a digital curriculum company designing elementary math lessons and leading a team of instructional designers. I’m not here to advertise for my company so I probably won’t mention it much in my writing. If you’re dying to know more about it, send me a message and I’ll fill you in.
I’ve loved my current job because it’s allowed me to spend time on something I never had nearly enough time for as a teacher – designing lessons! That should have been a key part of my job as a teacher, right? Instead I felt like I was always flying by the seat of my pants as far as lesson planning went because I was always juggling so many other responsibilities. It used to be common practice for me to invent a lesson as I showered in the morning before school, but now I’m afforded the time over several days(!) to learn about a topic, discuss it with others, make lesson drafts, and have other people review them. Sadly the trade off is that I don’t get to teach my lessons to students when I’m done, but I take what I can get. Even if this isn’t something I’ll do long term, I’m learning a lot and enjoying the ride.
Outside of my job, my partner and I are becoming licensed to foster and hopeful adopt a child in the near future. I’m excited and terrified at the same time. While I still have free time, I like to spend time outdoors gardening and indoors playing video games and reading comic books. I foresee napping being a favorite past time once we have a child. Who am I kidding? I love napping now. 🙂
That’s all for now. Again, I’m excited to join the ranks of math bloggers.