As you can see by the counter on the home page of this site, we get A LOT of visitors on this website! Here are some of the questions most frequently asked by our visitors...
How many years have you been working on this site?
I began working on the site in July of 2000. Since then, I've added to it each year.
What program do you use to build your site?
I have always used Adobe Go Live to build this site. I've tried some other web-building programs, but I always come back to Go Live. I find it is powerful, flexible and allows for a lot of creativity. Plus, I'm a terrible creature of habit...
How many hours do you spend working on the site?
When I first started building this site, I was obsessed with it! I worked on it several hours every day. Now, many school years later, I have it down to only a few hours every month. I only update once a month, or when we have a "Special Day in 1H."
How many pages is your site?
At the end of the school year, the site is roughly 100 pages. It is about 35MB and contains over 1000 graphics and pictures.
How many visitors do you get?
Believe it or not, during the school year this site gets hundreds of hits every week.
Is the site the same every year?
Each group of students is unique, and that comes through in the site. I change the look of the site slightly every year, just to keep it interesting and I try to add something new to the site every year.
Where do you get your graphics?
You can find many of my graphics at the sites listed on my "Like My Graphics?" page. Some I've paid for, some were free. Many of my graphics, including the backround, flower headers and my "welcome monkey", were created by my totally talented husband, who is a Creative Director. I tell him what I'm looking for and he makes it! He is also a computer wiz and helps me figure out problems I encounter while building the site. I'm lucky to have him!
What is your favorite thing about having a website?
I created this site because I wanted my students' parents to really be able to see what was going on in their child's first grade experience. A newsletter just wasn't giving them the whole picture. Through the website, I am able to show them what we're doing. The most rewarding thing for me is when a grandparent that lives far away emails me and tells me that they feel so connected to what their grandchild is doing in school. That makes it worth it for me. It is also a great creative outlet.
I would really like to copy something you have written on this site. Do you mind?
Thank you so much for the terrific compliment! I am so happy, and deeply flattered when other teachers like something I have written here. My mind, heart and soul have been poured into writing (and rewriting) certain pages of this site, so they genuinely reflect how I feel and what I want to convey to my families and to other visitors. With that in mind, YES, I MIND VERY MUCH IF YOU COPY MY WORK. I can't tell you how many times I have come across MY OWN WORDS on other people's websites. I have actually seen other teachers cut and paste my "Philosophy of Teaching" onto their classroom website and present it as their own. Believe it or not, I actually found one teacher who had copied every single page of this website, graphics and all, and just changed the name on the Home Page from mine to hers!! Hard to believe, but completely true. This is extremely upsetting to me on so many levels. Needless to say, I am constantly on the lookout for people who have infringed upon my copyright. I do check my website statistics frequently, and am able to see addresses that have been visiting, and when people have right-clicked on my site. I also surf the web A LOT!! Most importantly, I count on my visitors to let me know. If you happen to see another website that looks as if they could possibly have lifted copy or graphics from this site, please email me with the address, so I can investigate and take action, if necessary. I greatly appreciate your help in maintaining integrity on the web!
What advice would you give teachers who are thinking about creating a site?
DO IT!! Start by surfing other teachers' websites. See what you like and what you don't like. Think about what your parents would want to see and start there. Create "constant" pages first (pages that don't need to be updated). If you have trouble ask for help- many of the teachers out there, including myself, would be happy to answer questions or help in any way we can. Lastly, make your site your own. Be unique and creative, and enjoy it!
Do you have a question that wasn't answered here? Please email me and I'll do my best to answer it for you!
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