Sometimes kids just want to do something that is fun. Meanwhile, I want fun and meaningful.
Archive for the ‘Elementary Education Blog’ Category
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:
- 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
- to realize that all children can learn, but not always at the same pace.
- stop using sarcasm as a disciplinary tool, no matter how effective it may seem. READ MORE…
One of my best friends and I were sitting around talking and the conversation turned to IEPs. Let me put this in perspective. My friend is a Spec.Ed supervisor and I am a 5th grade teacher. I was discussing how overwhelming IEPs are and the work Spec Ed teachers have, not only writing them, but following through on them, etc…
We are spending $30 billion a year to reduce class sizes, but a bad teacher with 30 kids is still a bad teacher with 16 kids. We should use those funds to increase salaries; great teachers can handle 30 students.
— Ron Clark (@mrronclark_) April 2, 2018
To which I responded:
OMG Great teachers can handle 30 kids? Why would we just want to “handle” them? We want to provide an environment where learning takes place. Where there is enough space to walk. Where a teacher can meet the needs of all our students. #smh #classsizematters
— Lisa M. (@BriteEyes49) April 2, 2018
I have to be honest.
For a number of years I was that teacher. The one who prophesied the negative places kids would end up.
“Yeah, he’ll be in jail in about two years.”
“She’ll be pregnant in middle school.”
Sometimes my prophecy would come true, and fortunately, sometimes it wouldn’t.READ MORE…
I will NEVER keep it locked in a safe.
I say this with the utmost certainty.
There is a huge debate going on about whether teachers should be armed in order to protect their students.
As usual, teachers’ voices are muted by the roar of non-educators who believe they know better. READ MORE…