Saturday, May 29, 2010


Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa Carnley and I teach at a public school just north of Atlanta, in the city of Kennesaw. I just finished my 2nd year teaching English (American Lit to be specific) and I just gained the role of newspaper adviser in the Fall! The students have had another teacher for the past 5 years and I am coming into a program with some much needed change. A bit nervous, but very excited:)

What I would like to take from this experience:

-Grading; we are a standards based department and since our county has no "standards" for newspaper or journalism, I would like to know how to set up a system where I can align standards with the points. Also, how to grade for ad sales...the previous teacher gave grades based on how many sold, but I feel this is unfair...

-InDesign (and layouts); the graduating seniors took this information with them and this new staff, as well as myself, has little to no knowledge of this program.

-Staff Roles; how to assign editing positions, staff writing positions, etc. based on interest AND skill level.

With that said, I look forward to learning with all of you and from all of you. I feel that, as a fairly new teacher, I am still learning from other educators about everything from grading to classroom management so I cannot wait to collaborate!!

Until then,

Alyssa Carnley

1 comment:

  1. Alyssa,
    Change is the best remedy for a new staff. Making next year their own goes a long way. Ownership of a publication is a big deal here... J3 students accept the annual challenge to redesign our magazine... they love it, and they find it a great bonding experience. Save me a lunch.