Monday, April 17, 2017

Lifelong Learning

What a great statement!  

I firmly believe in the importance of being a lifelong learner.  We should never stop learning. 

As teachers, it is important to continually seek ways to improve our craft:  read, participate in professional development, conduct research, present, publish...be actually involved in our profession.

#KIDSDESERVEIT
#TEACHERSDESERVEIT

Friday, April 7, 2017

Time: It Takes a Village

This is a great reminder of the importance of time spent with children/students, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder that we need to work together: it takes a village.  

For nearly the last decade, accountability remains at the forefront of education.  As the focus on accountability seems to continue to increase, we need to understand how to better engage parents and work together to better assist students.

In a perfect world, education would be funded appropriately and teachers would receive the professional development needed to better meet the needs of students...and time to meet those needs.  Parents and all other stakeholders would not only take an active interest in students, but also an active role in learning.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tea Time & Reading Time

Reading allows me to escape from reality and often provides an amazing journey along the way.  Similarly, a cup of tea can do the same and together...they are pure bliss!

As fond as I am of reading, I find it sad that so many students in today's classrooms do not enjoy reading.  In fact, in the state of Tennessee, more than half of our students (3rd grade and beyond) are reading below grade level! 

Nationwide, we are in a literacy crisis...we need to make reading fun, so students will discover how wonderful reading can be.

Let's talk about books, share our good reads, and more importantly, STOP testing on every book that a child reads.  Let's engage students, encourage them to make connections, visualize during reading, and most of all...learn to love reading.  In doing so...we will produce lifelong readers!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Are You Dangerous?

I cannot remember where I saw this posted, but it certainly caught my eye.  Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, shares her thoughts about the how writers, teachers, and librarians can be "dangerous." Yes, perhaps, we do have enough vocabulary to recognize injustice and to speak out loudly about it, but more importantly, do we have the courage to be those "dangerous people?"

I believe in the importance of speaking out!  I believe in teaching students how to self-advocate.  We need students to own their learning, take ownership of their academic performance. For me, this is one of the best ways that we can support students.

How do you support your students?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Let's GO Skyhawks!

UT Martin Men's Basketball is playing in the OVC Championship Game!  For me, UTM is more than just the place where I work...I am a Skyhawk fan...and a supporter of UTM athletics!  
If we win, we will make our first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.  Unfortunately, we are losing at half time, but I sure hope we come out for the WIN in the second half.  
I have been at the OVC tournament for the last two years, but this year I am visiting family, as it is spring break. Soon...from GA...let's GO Skyhawks!  
Sorry for the short post tonight, but it was a long 6 hour drive and it's game time!  
Cheers to the Slice of Life Day 4.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Break with Much To Do

Slice:  Day 3

Friday...the day you wait for each week (especially after a very long week).  But, today is especially grand, for it is the start of Spring Break for us!  I am officially off for the next week.  "Off" usually means a true break...and I intend to do just that...but only for a few days!  I have made a short to do list of things that I really do want to tackle before I return to work on Monday, March 13. That being said, I have decided to post my to do list so that perhaps the act of "publishing" it, may help hold me accountable! So...here it is:  
1.) Enjoy time with family 
2.) Clean my closet (finally toss/donate what is never worn)
3.) Work in the backyard...fill the bird feeders and pull weeds
4.) Finish Rubric & Curriculum map for K-5 program integrating edTPA 
5.) Finish article & submit for publication  
6.) Find time to READ  
Well, I believe that those goals will keep me quite busy...one can always hope!




Thursday, March 2, 2017

Read Across America

It's an exciting week for students in many elementary schools across the country! This week is Read Across America and in fact, today marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss:  March 2, 1904.  

Celebrating literacy can have such an overwhelmingly positive impact on the lives of students.  While I love seeing and hearing how literacy has been celebrated this week, it is always my hope that literacy and the joy of reading remains the focus of these celebrations. 

Whether students dressed up each day or participated in numerous activities all week, we need to be mindful of what our goal is and the fact that we want students to remember what they read or what was read to them and how they responded. Happy Reading!