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Lisa Mims's Blog – November 2011 Archive (3)

"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

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