Saturday, August 20, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a conference where Ron Clark was the keynote speaker!
I read his book:
The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child, when I was still a new teacher. This book inspired me to create a set of classroom rules with my students. The students got to have some input with creating some of the classroom rules, while I made some of the others. We discussed how to make these rules work in our class and how to hold each other accountable. The students helped set the consequences for those who chose not to follow the rules. The kids had a great time trying to help me watch for rule-breakers. The students would write the rule they broke a set number of times. One of the funniest memories I had was a student I will just call J. My rule number 3 was "Always use your manners by saying 'Yes, ma'am', 'No, ma'am', 'Yes, sir', or 'No, sir'." This was one of the longest rules that was written. I got tired of the students answering with yeah and naw! J broke this rule several times before he realized I meant business. After writing this rule several times, he never missed an opportunity to answer a question with ma'am or sir. As a matter of fact, I saw him several years later and he was so respectful! Sometimes it's the little things that help mold a student into a different person... I'm not sure where this student is today, but I'm sure he remembers Rule #3!
Here is some information about the book that helped me survive a few tough classes early in my career. (Information from book review on Amazon)
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
This past year I used several real-life activities in my lesson on adding and subtracting decimals. My favorite was the restaurant lesson. My coworker's mother owns a local BBQ restaurant. She brought menus and order pads for the students to use for the lesson. She taught them not only how to place your order in a restaurant correctly, but also how to get the most for your money. The students were put into groups and each group had a different amount they could spend on their food. They had to correctly write their order, add to get the total, then subtract from the amount they were given to spend. Great lesson and the students were completely engaged!
Friday, July 8, 2016
I have missed several emails from teachers wanting my icons for the iPad bulletin board door I made several years ago. Sorry! 😔 I have seen it still circulating on Pinterest so I wanted to share the link for you. It's FREE on my Teachers Pay Teachers page. Over 6,000 downloads! Wow!!! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/iPad-themed-door-and-iPod-chart-780331
Friday, June 10, 2016
I’m reaching out to you to let you know about #Inspired2Educate, a program designed to recognize and praise educators and the people who inspired them. Each month we will award $2,000 to someone who shares their story -- $1,000 to the person for their professional development and $1,000 for their educational institution." I think this is a great way to honor the teachers who inspire those of us who chose to be teachers because of their influence. I will be submitting my application! Thanks Nina at Inspired 2 Educate for sending me the information and opportunity to participate.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
After 7 months of working on a video and paper, I finished and uploaded my application for The Presidential Award for Excellent in Mathematics and Science! I learned so much after reflecting on my teaching and that's the most important part of the process to me. I learned there are always ways to keep improving!!! I have learned from so many fabulous teachers and coworkers over the years that have helped form me into the teacher I am. Teaching is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers. Just being nominated is the biggest honor!! Best of luck to whoever is the winning teacher for the state of Mississippi! #PAEMST