After starting her career as an Event and Wedding Coordinator, Laura Murphy soon realized that she’d much rather be planning lessons and molding inquisitive minds. Following her passion, Murphy obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from the College of Charleston and now works to instill a lifelong love of learning in her students. When she’s not teaching, Murphy loves to explore the area surrounding historic Charleston, visit her hometown of Lexington, dine with friends and family, and discover new classroom ideas on Pinterest.
Currently an English teacher at Charles Pinckney Elementary in Mount Pleasant, SC, Murphy will be presenting from 3:15 pm–4:00 pm PST at this year’s EdmodoCon. Her session, Real World RSVP: Inviting Guest Speakers to Inspire Students, will demonstrate how she rewrote the book on student engagement by welcoming published authors into her classroom. Tune in to watch how she used their professional insights to help students better understand the writing process, introduce various genres and styles, create an authentic learning experience, and more.
What inspired you to apply to speak at EdmodoCon?
I wanted a platform to share my idea with other teachers all over the world in hopes it would inspire them to implement something similar in their own classrooms. I didn’t want it to be one of those ideas I had that no one ever really knew about outside my inner circle and didn’t have the chance to try out for themselves.
How did you feel when you found out you were selected?
I was elated…and then terrified when I realized how many people would be watching my presentation. (Still feeling that anxiety, for sure!!)
What’s the one thing you hope people take away from your EdmodoCon presentation?
I hope teachers realize that you don’t HAVE to do everything by the book, or just because it is a standard you must cover to prepare for standardized testing. Think outside the box a little on how you can make learning FUN and ENGAGING for your students! I hope that they’ll give this a shot and see how it can change the culture in your classroom and reignite the love of learning in their students.
Why did you become an educator?
I wanted to make a lasting impact on students at such an impressionable age. I sought a career where I felt confident I was truly making a difference each and every day, and that my work “mattered.” I aim to be a cheerleader, ego-booster, support system, educator, friend, etc., to students who need that in their lives during this crucial time of development.
What do you like most about being an educator?
I love that no day is EVER the same (no monotony whatsoever) and that I am surrounded by so many amazing young minds that are just ready to soak up learning. Truly for me, the best part about my job is the students, as cliche as it sounds. I am always ecstatic to meet my kiddos at the beginning of the year, as they become my family for the year and I never forget them.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from another educator?
Don’t try to please everyone—it’s exhausting. There will ALWAYS be someone who doesn’t agree with something you’ve done or doesn’t like you 100% of the time. Try to focus on the positive supporters that sing your praises! Also, give it up to God. Don’t try to be so in control you lose sight of Him and His ways. That can be hard for a Type-A personality like myself.
What have your students taught you?
They have taught me it is okay to be yourself. I allow my quirky and spunky personality to show through to them and they love that. They have also taught me how beautiful it is to be so accepting at such a young age. My students do not see race, gender, ability, etc. They just see their classmates and are so including of all. We truly are a family, and I love that.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school?
I either change into workout clothes or pajamas/lounge clothes…I’ll let you guess which one usually wins! 🙂
- Food: Currently, watermelon (I may or may not be eating some right this very second!)
- Movie: Moulin Rouge
- TV Show(s): Modern Family, or anything on HGTV
- Music: The JJ Grey & Mofro station on Pandora
- Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio (taught me to always choose kindness)
- Superpower: The ability to read people’s minds? Not sure I’d like this, though, after about a day.
- Quote: “It is not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted.” –Linda Conway
Three things I could never live without:
- My husband (constant entertainment, even though not technically a thing…)
- My iPhone (so sad, but so true)
- Snacks (I don’t leave the house without at least one snack in my purse. Being “hangry” is a real concern.)