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Archive for January, 2013

I’m Not That Super Teacher: When Teaching Takes Its Toll!

My eyes are burning.

My blood pressure is high for the first time in 53 years.

My doctor swears that I have mild arthritis in my knees.

“Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound”READ MORE…

Photobiographies: Research with Photos!

dr king photopeach picThis would work with any biography your students are working on. Each student can have their own Photopeach account or you can pay for a Class Premium account. (I won mine in a contest sponsored by DiscoveryEducation.) READ MORE

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Student Goals = Growth in Test Scores? Is This the New Normal?

The staff discussed the goals our students need to meet in order to

be successful by the end of the year.

The goals we are trying to get our children to achieve.

The goals we are striving for and want our students to attain.

You know what the goals are?READ MORE



Paper,Pencil,Crayons, Learning, and Fun Projects Without a Computer!

Cause and Effect Game board

This was not my idea.

It was one of the ideas suggested for the “Green” group in the Harcourt Storytown series. I think it is a marvelous way to extend thinking! I gave it as a home assignment, but I also gave them a chance to work on it at home.READ MORE…


Bill Gates:Experienced Educator!($50 Million Dollars Doesn’t Lie)

Oh, wait a minute. He doesn’t hold a degree in education? My bad.
Well, then, he must have taken a few education courses? No? Not that either?
He has traveled all over the world and visited different types of schools? Talked to educators all over the country? No?
I know! He had a teacher relative, when he was young, who would regal him with quirky stories of what it was like to be an educator. Strike!READ MORE…

The “Disrespectful Student” Dilemna!




I’m trying.

I am really trying.

I am trying not to let one kid ruin my enjoyment of my class.

I refuse to let this student get on my last nerve to the point where I lose my cool.

But, it is hard.

And everyday, it gets more difficult.READ MORE…


 photo credit: Wendy Copley via photopin cc


Recipe for a Tasty Teacher! Not to Be Consumed!



I attended my sorority meeting, the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc, Rho Chapter today. At the end of the meeting, we always have food and fellowship. One of the sorors brought in 16 bean soup, It was muy delicioso!

She shared the recipe, but when I arrived home I still Googled it. There are soooooo many different ways to make 16 bean soup, but I noticed that they all shared core ingredients.


Of course, I started thinking about the education aspect of a recipe. What “ingredients” can we put together to create a good teacher? What ingredients are a “must have” to “serve up” a wonderful educator?READ MORE…


Sometimes They Need to Let Us Know, That They Know…


Sometimes they need to know, that we know, that they are capable. Sometimes they need to know, that we know, that they are capable of so much more than what they might exhibit.


We switch classes for Literature Circles (Book Club), whatever you want to call it. I call it, “Let them read, and enjoy  a book time.” The kids in one group were asked to write a brief prediction about their story before they started.READ MORE..




Happy New Year! Suggestions for a Successful School Year!

Have a wonderful 2013!

I share these ideas twice a year. At the beginning of the school year, and the beginning of the year. I’ve made some changes to my list.

Some suggestions for the new year:

  1. treat all students fairly, regardless of race, gender, age, behavior, a parent’s nasty attitude, the comments from last year’s teachers, or a seemingly lack of interest in learning 
  2. to realize that all children can learn, but not always at the same pace.
  3. stop using sarcasm as a disciplinary tool, no matter how effective it may seem.READ MORE

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