Teachers change the school environment

The very thing that upsets teachers about the classroom is something they created by turning a blind eye and saying “It’s not my problem.” When a building is so full of people, it is hard to even know faces much less names; it becomes easier for a teacher to say, “That’s not my problem!” The “personal touch” is no longer effective. Without personal touch – student learning is difficult.

To make an experience personal is the only way to make a caring atmosphere. When rules are sensitively enforced, people feel loved and safe. Without safety, no learning can occur.

The only way to ensure student learning is to make it “my” problem. The heart of the school means: we all care, we all work hard for student success. We are all responsible. Students feel loved and safe – how do they many of them even get to school with the odds so against them? They come back because they are well-liked and cared for by all of the school’s family. Not just a few, not just a couple – we all have to work for the benefit of the student. I BELIEVE and that makes students trust that I have their learning and welfare in my heart. Because where I work – It’s Just Better!

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Education on the skids

Amazing that our world evolves so quickly now, and yet education plods along in too large shoes making it cumbersome and unwieldy – and certainly obsolete. I think that education is a reflection of our world. The more Washington gets involved in our lives – MIRRORS – The more education becomes bureaucratic, and how is learning assessed? Why testing, you silly rabbit! Because testing is a priority in education. I don’t know about you, but I learn best by doing, not by being tested! In fact, standardized tests make me become anxious and vomit. (Sorry for that picture.)

The days of student learning and educational classroom-time that is stolen from our students is a travesty! Why aren’t parents SCREAMING at the top of their lungs at the State/Nat’l Board of Education? Not only that – our tax dollars are going out of our state(s) to another state to grade the damned tests.

We only have about 182 days with students and take out 50+ (not exact but extremely conservative number) for testing and what do you have? A student who can take tests really well! Where the hell is that job? How much does a test taking job pay?

Side note if you please: If computers are the actual future, then why can’t we use them? Ever student could have a laptop or Ipad with their textbooks loaded – oh no! That’s a whole different story…

You might need help becoming a reader

I loves me some books!

How many readers remember their first “real, adult” book? A bunch of hands are waving in the air. I do, too! It was Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk! I was 12 and my aunt gave it to me. She probably doesn’t even know that she bolstered my reading resolve to read forever! (Jot a note to give her a call.) It was a lovely book about a girl who wants to be an actress… That’s what’s in adult books? Boy, lemme at ’em!
When I wasn’t singing, dancing, acting around the house, teaching the neighbor kids, beating up my sisters, well generally being a girl, I was reading. Not always, though.

One day, my mom asked my sister to read the recipe to her. My oldest sister wasn’t a very good reader, so my mom called my other sister and me into the kitchen to read the recipe to her. She found out that her girls who made good grades in school, couldn’t read very well. That started the “reading to mom while she cooked nights.” Each night one of us would read aloud to our mom while she cooked dinner until we all could read really well.

That wasn’t all! In the summer, my mom started reading books to us and then the whole neighborhood would be in our den listening to my mom read The Bobbsey Twins.
What great adventures they had and mom read all the books to us every summer. This instilled a love of reading in us. We have watched our mom reading her own books every day of our lives. One sister doesn’t read and two read everyday! I’d say that worked.

This all ties back to being able to tell students about books. The more you read, the more you can tell them and the more books they will check out, and become a life-long reader. Now that is influence of the very best kind!

Trying to promote a love for reading, I am a guest reader in many classes and love doing that. What a wonderful gift my mom gave us and it only took a little bit of time!

I love it when students come back for a new book… that’s why I do this!