Kindergarten teacher “Mr. Greg” (Greg Smedley-Warren) helps inspire teachers from around the world with his engaging lessons and techniques through his blog www.thekindergartensmorgasboard.com. Even with over 3 million views of his blog and almost 100k followers on Facebook, he still manages to travel and speak at conferences all while teaching full-time at JE Moss Elementary in Davidson County.
Mr. Greg tells us, “I just wanted to write a blog and share what I was doing in my classroom. It became ‘The Kindergarten Smorgasbord' and it really has been life changing. I became a teacher because it’s what I always wanted to do. When I was growing up, and in college I wanted to change the world. I knew that the best way to do that would be one classroom and one student at a time.
About 7 years ago I stared a blog and thought okay, I’ll just start sharing ideas in the classroom. It turned into something absolutely incredible that I had no intentions of it ever becoming.
‘The Kindergarten Smorgasbord’ is a website where we post three or four times a week. I post things that I’m doing in my classroom. I share lessons that I’m doing with the kids. I share creations and resources that I use in my classroom, and lots of hands-on, DIY-type stuff, keeping it cheap or free and doable. It’s a place for teachers to go get ideas, have a laugh, be encouraged, and inspired.
With the blog and social media you can reach a lot of people. It’s about supporting teachers and hopefully making their jobs a little easier, so that’s why I do it. It’s for the kids.
On the weekends I travel. I do trainings, and workshops, and in-services for districts and associations. We also host our own conference called ‘Elevate’ about four times a year. We end our day every single day with a dance party. Everybody goes home happy, excited, and ready to come back the next day."
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