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As a Teacher, Isn't it Wonderful When...

students worry whether you’ll still come in, after you take off from work in the morning?



the way they greet you excitedly when you finally arrive?…



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Added by Lisa Mims on May 30, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Open Letter to President Obama:This is What Standardized Testing " Looks" Like!

Dear President Obama,



Today was the first day of Round 3 of standardized testing in the state of Delaware. The test is administered online, and the students get their scores immediately. It covers everything we learned in the 5th grade, even though we have not finished the school year.



Let me begin with my morning. I attended a union meeting where I am told the state of Delaware has decided that they will decide whether I am a good teacher according to how well my…

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Added by Lisa Mims on May 18, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

"Integrating Technology in the Classroom!"

I gave a workshop the other day called "Wonderful Websites." The workshop was voluntary, and about 20 teachers attended, which is a lot in my small school. They thanked me profusely after I shared some tech tools and resources I use in my classroom.

It…

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Added by Lisa Mims on May 8, 2011 at 7:38pm — 3 Comments

What Do Teachers Really Want?

                                    

 Speak Up For Education and Kids is a group started by the National Education Association to unite educators and community members committed to investing in education, preventing harmful cuts,…

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Added by Lisa Mims on April 25, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

"I-Am-Mrs.- Smith (Spoken Robotically)

Oh, I long for the days when I used to be able to teach! No, you didn’t miss anything, I still teach, but I don’t TEACH, the way I used to, the way I loved to. Yes, I use technology, and it has opened up a whole new world for me, but I miss teaching the old way. Sometimes, I feel like a robot, I am micro managed every second, minute, hour, day,week, month, of the school year. I feel like a body in the room, programmed to teach not only what they want me to teach, but also…

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Added by Lisa Mims on April 22, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

If Teachers Were Treated Like Stars! A Short Story....

Can you imagine what it would be like if teachers were treated like actors, athletes, and singers, hey, even reality tv "stars?" Life would be so different for us.



"Mrs.Smith, Mrs.Smith, can I get your autograph?" She turned and smiled at the young woman running towards her.



"Mrs.Smith", she gasped," I have been following your career for years! I'm about to start teaching myself. She handed Mrs.Smith a copy of her book.



"Are you ready for it, young lady?' she…

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Added by Lisa Mims on April 10, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"We Are One!" A Day of Solidarity, April 4, 2011

They thought we were sleeping. They thought we were lulled into complacency with reality TV, cable television, DVR, fast food, and the latest tech gadgets. They were wrong! Gov. Scott Walker thought no one was paying attention. He thought he could scale back collective bargaining rights of state workers, and no one would notice. Shhhh!



However, the sleeping giant awakened, and proved that America was still the land of the free. I am proud of the teachers in Wisconsin.…

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Added by Lisa Mims on April 7, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Parent Accountability: Letter to a Parent #2

Dear Parent,



What possessed you to make the decision you made today? About a week ago, I handed out test folders in the morning to avoid the chaos of handing the folders out at 3pm dismissal. Everyone, including your daughter, was asked, if they were missing anything. Everyone responded, including your daughter, that they had everything. Three days later, when it was time to collect the folders, your daughter claimed that she did not receive a checklist . She didn’t say it nicely…

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Added by Lisa Mims on March 19, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Fabulous Phone Call





While attending the 2011 PLC summit, one of the presenters told us about an experience he had while watching Family Feud. The question was, “What is the reason your child’s teacher is calling your house?” Not one of the “right” answers were positive, not one! An example of some of the answers were, “Your kid is failing” or “…

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Added by Lisa Mims on March 17, 2011 at 5:41pm — 4 Comments

"Today was One of Those Days!" Woosah!

Today was one of those days! I had to take a deep breath, and exhale, "Woosah." (For those who don't know, I got that from the movie "Bad Boys" with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.) It works for me, because it stops me from saying something I have no business saying to someone else's child! My students were so crazy today with the level of "it's all about me". All the "this is what I want to do, and who cares what you say!" No, they didn't actually say those words, but the body language,…

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Added by Lisa Mims on March 6, 2011 at 4:25pm — No Comments

"They Didn't Choose Their Parents"

These words were spoken at the 2011 PLC Summit I attended in Arizona last week. “They didn’t choose their genetic pool”. “They couldn’t say I want two college-educated parents who love me, care for me, and make education my priority.”



I realized after hearing this statement, that many times, I get frustrated with my students about things over which they have no control. When they come to school without school supplies, their parent doesn’t sign a form,or misses a scheduled… Continue

Added by Lisa Mims on March 3, 2011 at 10:50pm — 2 Comments

The Reminder

The other day, my son dragged me to the mall. As we walked into American Eagle, I heard my name, "Mrs.Small". I turned and there was Charles. No longer the 5th grade boy who , for a while, fought me at every turn, but a 17 year old young man, who still hadn't lost that mischievous smile. Not many teachers liked Charles, and they couldn't understand why I liked him. He could be obstinate, sometimes, downright disrespectful.… Continue

Added by Lisa Mims on January 29, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Want a Qwiki?

Before my hubby said hello to me, he said, "There's a new search engine that they say is going to knock Google out of the box." "It's caledl Qwiki." He heard about it on CNN Qwiki video.



"Really?" I replied, not really interested because I had spent the entire day at work, and then an hour reading to 3 and 4 year olds. (Who by the way are a joy to read to.) I trudged up the stairs behind him, and watched as he sat down and demonstrated…

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Added by Lisa Mims on January 25, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Productive Parent Teacher Conferences



Parent Teacher conferences. Twice a year,(or more), we sit down with our students’ parents and relay the good or bad news about their child. A parent teacher conference can go two ways, productive or non-productive. I recall many conferences, and many types of parents. The wonderful, supportive, parent, the hostile parent, the parent that won’t leave no matter how many times you stand up, the ones who just nod, the appreciative parents, the ones who share every aspect of their lives,…

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Added by Lisa Mims on January 16, 2011 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Happy New Year! A Teacher's Resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions, who really keeps them? I make them every year, in a list,mentally, verbally to others, and I never, ok, rarely keep them. But here are some resolutions I think all teachers should keep:



I resolve to:



1. treat all students fairly, regardless of race, gender, age, behavior, parent’s nasty attitude, desire to be educated, or lack of interest in learning

2. believe all children can learn, no…
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Added by Lisa Mims on January 9, 2011 at 11:21pm — No Comments

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