Hello from Norman, Oklahoma! My name is Terri Curtis, and I am currently a library assistant at Whittier Middle School.
First and foremost, I’m a mother to three fabulous teenagers. I know what you are thinking. Did I actually use fabulous and teenagers in the same sentence? Yes, I did. I genuinely like teenagers, and I’m kind of partial to the ones with which I share a home. This is the end of an era for my family as it is the last of 9 consecutive years with a middle schooler in my house. In that 9 years, I’ve learned a few things.
- There is never a dull moment.
- It is never quiet.
- Someone is always hungry.
- Kids have a lot of important things to say and want to be heard… just like adults.
- Their feelings and emotions are very real.
- There is no point in buying new carpet until everyone moves out.
- They don’t all think and process things the same way.
- Don’t ask them what they think if you aren’t prepared to listen to an honest answer.
I truly love this age of child, both as a parent and as an educator. I get to laugh every single day, and I look forward to seeing my home kids and my school kids as often as humanly possible. This is a picture of me with my favorite middle school student. He also happens to be my son.
In my early parenting years, I got a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I used this degree while serving as a director of the preschool in my church. Once my children got a little older, I decided to head back to school to get my MLIS degree. I graduated last December, and I’m excited about the thought of having my own library in the future.
As a library assistant in a middle school in Norman, I’ve been lucky enough to be exposed to GID. This past school year, our district sent many teams to GID training, and I was happy to have been included. I’ve been involved in planning and implementing a few units at the middle school level. I’m excited about GID and the authentic learning that happens when a team of educators collaborates to design and facilitate inquiry-based units for their students. We truly hold the key to raising a generation of thinkers.