Saturday, 22 October 2011

My First Website

I'm very excited to have finally completed my first website - a Google Site that can be found here -

I have never made a website before and have always thought that this was a job for "professionals". I was quite amazed when I was introduced to Google Sites and how easy it is to set a Google site up.

If you navigate to my site, you will see that I have been able to use a variety of different resources. I have a tab labelled "About me" and this links to my page. As well, I have a tab that navigates to this blog of mine.

I will begin teaching at my practicum school (in Burlington, ON) on Monday and I have geared my Google site to the class I am teaching - Grade 11 Chemistry. On my site there are a variety of general chemistry resources as well as resources specific to the unit which I will be teaching. I was able to organize the wealth of resources I found on the internet via LiveBinders ( and have found this to be an invaluable resource! I have created 2 different binders of e-resources, organized with tabs and sub-tabs (like a real binder!)

I have also discovered Google Calendar and have linked my practicum teaching schedule to my Google site.

When I start teaching on Monday morning, the first thing I will do is introduce myself to my students and tell them about me. The next thing I will do is direct them to my Google site. I hope they take advantage of the variety of resources that I have compiled for their use!

I am still figuring out the Google site and would love to hear any tips you may have. I would like to have a forum for my students to post questions but I am not sure that I am able to do this with my Google site. It would be nice if I could share a certain part of the site (question/answer page) - similar to a wiki - but leave the rest of the site "locked" so it cannot be modified. If anyone knows how to do this with Google sites, please let me know.

I look forward to my students using my site and will be posting their views on it.


  1. The sites looking great so far. And I'm in the same boat as you ... hoping that the students will use the site I created for the class.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this Shailja. Not only have you embarked on a blended learning model of teaching, but also begun to teach, and learn in a transparent way. You are giving to the world of education so generously. Along with this amazing resource, it is that that I hope your students see.
    Congratulations and welcome to my PLN. I wish you the best of luck in your placement in the next four weeks.

  3. I think you've put together some wonderful resources here, and I'm sure that your students will appreciate them! I love how you're taking a risk and trying something new. It's easier for students of all ages to take risks when they see teachers doing this as well.

    Great job!

  4. In beginning this while you are still in your practicum will truly help you when you are no longer a practicing teacher. You are laying a solid foundation not only for yourself but for those you teach.
    Best wishes!

  5. Shaija - Great job! I'm including a link to a @followmolly. Here Google site resources are top notch!

    Have fun and be creative!

  6. WOW! Thank you everyone! Your encouragement is much appreciated!!