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"Just" a Teacher?: The Perception of our Profession!

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As I prepared dinner the other night, my son and I talked. Somehow, our conversation turned to my level of intelligence. In order to prove my point, I shared with him that I was enrolled in gifted programs all my life, in fact, I had even skipped a grade. 



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Added by Lisa Mims on July 6, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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"



Nope, not me, I'm not that Super Teacher. 

I…

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Added by Lisa Mims on January 29, 2013 at 7:48pm — 3 Comments

What About Me, Mrs. M?:He's Not the Child He Could Have Been!

After a trying morning with one of my students, I approached his desk. In a quiet voice, I let him know that I was disappointed in the behavior he had been exhibiting. At least I thought I was being quiet. I forgot that my students can hear everything I say when I am NOT talking to…

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Added by Lisa Mims on January 15, 2013 at 7:56pm — 1 Comment

#Why I Don't Use Technology: Anti-Tech Teachers Lament Has No Standing!





The conversation went something like this:

Teacher: Do you know he suggested using Tagxedo at Reading Night?

Me: What a wonderful idea!

Teacher: I don't see why they want to use technology. (said with disdain)

Me: Why not? The kids and parents would have a…

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Added by Lisa Mims on September 25, 2012 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Thinking Out Loud! If I Don't Tweet and/or Blog, Does That Make Me a "Bad" Teacher?

Yeah! It's Connected Educator Month!

After reading numerous articles and tweets over the past year, I am getting an idea. An idea, that may be a misconception on my part. Is there a belief that teachers who are passionate about tweeting and/or…

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Added by Lisa Mims on August 6, 2012 at 5:47pm — No Comments

I Have to Stop Reading Diane Ravitch's Blog!





My summer vacation began on June…

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Added by Lisa Mims on June 19, 2012 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Does Size Matter?

Yes, it does, at least when it comes to class size.

Recently Governor Romney visited Pennsylvania and made the remark, "a think tank type group went and looked at South Korea and Singapore and around the United States and said, gosh, in the schools the highest performing in the world, their classroom sizes are about the same in the United States ." Is education a…

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Added by Lisa Mims on June 5, 2012 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

Ouch,My Brain Hurts: Rigor in the Classroom!

I watched this video, and cracked up! I was trying to find articles about rigor and bumped into this video. It's a bit long in making its point, but I get it. This poor teacher is being hounded by her principal, to "perform" , so that her students can learn the parts of speech.

Personally, I don't have a problem with rigor in the classroom, I embrace it. I…

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Added by Lisa Mims on March 27, 2012 at 9:16pm — No Comments

The World "Because Of" Standardized Testing!(A Little Teacher Humor)

I hate standardized testing.  I hate what standardized testing has done to teaching. SMH :(      This is what it has driven me to!

  

1.  A guy goes in for a job as a bubble filler.

He lets the boss know how he meets the requirements for the job.

"I can fill in bubbles really well. "

" I've been taking standardized tests since I was in kindergarten."

"I make sure the circle is filled in, no…

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Added by Lisa Mims on March 17, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Digital Educators Needed for 21st Century Digital Learners!

keyboards,monitors,computers,CPUs,technology,offices,internet,communication I am not a digital native by any means. I am 52 years old and have been teaching for 27 years. I am the teacher people assume is scared to touch a computer for fear of contracting a virus.  I am the teacher they assume has dust gathering on the classroom computers like moss on a stone.I am the teacher they assume says playfully, "I have to get my grandson, nephew, niece, to open my email." I am the teacher people assume still uses the overhead. I am none of these, and young or old,…

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Added by Lisa Mims on January 30, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

"Let Sudents Own, Not Rent" Making it "Our Classroom!"

The other day, I don't remember why, we moved our desks. Instead of 6 groups of four, we ended up in two groups of 12. At some point during the day, my students asked me to leave the tables in two groups of 12. I took their request lightly, and began to dismiss it. But they pleaded, because they really enjoyed the new  layout of the room.  They began to support their request with strong reasons, and I relented. The desks stayed where they were, and have been like that for the last couple of…

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Added by Lisa Mims on November 20, 2011 at 6:14pm — No Comments

See it! Say it! Helping to End the Abuse of Our Children!

In 1982, I worked in a Headstart center, I had only been out of college for two years. I worked in the room with the 3 and 4 year olds. One day, one of our little girls had an accident, and she didn't have any clothes in her cubby. We called the house, and the uncle agreed to bring a change of clothes.

When the uncle arrived, he was asked to change her clothes in the bathroom. As he led her to the bathroom, she began screaming, and pulling away from him. I couldn't…

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Added by Lisa Mims on November 12, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Yawn,Yawn, Go Away! Little Johnny Wants to be Engaged!

I sat with my small group today and listened to my students, and smiled. They had  finished sharing their writing prompt about an imagined device that would make their lives easier. I listened to stories about a teleporter , a robot, and a pen, that can do the unimaginable.  After they shared their stories, and asked each other questions, they began an animated conversation about how they could market their inventions through a partnership. I sat and listened to their imaginations…

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Added by Lisa Mims on November 5, 2011 at 7:22pm — No Comments

"What's Love Got to do With It?" Ask Your Students!

     Once upon a time there was a little 2nd grade boy. He was new to a school, and he brought with him, all his problems and issues.  Sent to live with dad after mom "couldn't take it any more", a pre-primer reading level, an evil…

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Added by Lisa Mims on October 30, 2011 at 3:04pm — 2 Comments

"How Do You Know You're a Teacher?" By Jeff Foxworthy

I walked into the copy room and this was sitting on a table with the words: "This is a must READ :)".



I agree, and I think it is also a "Must SHARE!" I Googled it and realized it has been around for years, but I got a laugh out of most of them!:)



You get a secret thrill out of laminating things.…

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Added by Lisa Mims on October 23, 2011 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Write On! Why I Love Kidblog!

A friend of mine was observed the other day.  Her students were creating mini-books about the selection they read in the anthology. Little stapled books, a square for the picture, and lines for the journal entry they were creating, based on the story they…

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Added by Lisa Mims on October 2, 2011 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Hide Nothing,Show All! The Way Our Students Dress for School!

While waiting for my car alarm to be fixed, my hubby and I walked over to the Old Country Buffet for breakfast. While we were enjoying our meal, I people watched. When I yelled, "Ewww!", my husband looked up, wondering if I had ingested something other than food. However, my loud comment did not stem from my food, it was from the view of a woman's buttocks as she rose from her seat. Not just the crack, but the whole top of her butt! Why did I have to see that? Why wasn't she wearing a belt?…

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Added by Lisa Mims on September 2, 2011 at 3:47pm — 1 Comment

Do You Think They Don't Know? Grouping Readers By Ability...

I don't care what you call your Reading group, they know. You can come up with the cutest, funniest, adorable names you'd like, they know. In my building, our students are divided into the Red, Blue, and Green groups, and they know. How could they not know? When the Red students have to leave the room every day to meet with the interventionist, what do you think the other kids are thinking? When the Green group's homework is different from the Blue and Red group, they know. When the Red…

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Added by Lisa Mims on August 7, 2011 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Creating Global Learners! Projects That Knock Down Classroom Walls!

With the technology we have today, a one-room classroom should no longer exist! All of our students are capable of being or becoming global learners. We have the ability, using any, or all, of the Web 2.0 tools available, to knock down our classroom walls, and allow our students the chance to collaborate with students in their state, or the world. During the 2010 school year, I took advantage of many resources,…

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Added by Lisa Mims on July 6, 2011 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Livebinder Contest! My :Cybraryman" Livebinder was nominated! YES!

Yes, I am begging for votes. :)



However, I have to say that I believe my Cybraryman Livebinder is a worthy resource, so you won’t be selling yourself cheap if you vote for it.:)

 

 My Livebinder is listed as: lmims ”Cybraryman”



Thanks, and there are some really good Livebinders on this list, so I am surrounded by excellent company.:) …



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Added by Lisa Mims on June 18, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

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