We are spending $30 billion a year to reduce class sizes, but a bad teacher with 30 kids is still a bad teacher with 16 kids. We should use those funds to increase salaries; great teachers can handle 30 students. — Ron Clark (@mrronclark_) April 2, 2018 To which I responded: OMG Great teachers can handle 30 kids? […]Read more "Guest Post via @briteeyes49: Sorry, I am No Longer Accepting New Students! #ClassSizeMatters"
Ever since I saw Rita Pierson’s TED talk, I have wanted to do a TED talk. So, when I received an email saying that TEDxWilmington was looking for speakers, I jumped at it. I have to be honest, I started filling out the app, and got discouraged. It was due the next day, and I had to submit […]Read more "Guest Post via @briteeyes49: TEDx Talk: The Power of a Caring Educator!"
I will NEVER carry a weapon, concealed or otherwise, in my classroom. I will NEVER keep it locked in a safe. I say this with the utmost certainty. There is a huge debate going on about whether teachers should be armed in order to protect their students. We would even get bonuses! As usual, teachers’ voices are […]Read more "Guest Post via @briteeyes49: I Am a Teacher And You Want to Arm Me?"
Hi, my name is Lisa and I am an Edtech ambassador. Reason 1. I LOVE the resource. I use it. Often. That’s why I was chosen. Whatever the edtech tool or resource, it is a part of my classroom toolbox. It works for me and my students. It’s a tool that helps me, help my students. If […]Read more "Guest Post via @briteeyes49: 5 Reasons I am an #Edtech Ambassador!"
Why do I often feel the need to convince “others” (Meaning people who are not teachers, do not work with teachers, or are not married or partners of teachers), that my summer vacation is well-deserved and/or not really a break at all? Which, by the way, is exactly what I am doing in this blog […]Read more "Guest Post via @briteeyes39: #whatsummerbreak VS. #summerbreak – A Teacher’s hashtag"
Sometimes you get tired of the “new” thing in education. Well, I was tired of hearing, reading, and/or discussing “STEM” or “STEAM”, whichever you prefer. I really didn’t understand what the big deal was until we participated in Jen Wagner’s “Marble Run Challenge.” Now don’t get me wrong, my kids code, we integrate tech, etc, […]Read more "Guest Post via @BriteEyes49: “The Marble Run Challenge!”- STEMazing!"
I have worked in schools that have been defined by a number of labels. High poverty, large percentages of free and reduced lunch, low income, those types of labels. When those labels are used, although they shouldn’t, they tend to define a school, their students, and the parents. Generalizations are made. Well, you know, because the school is high […]Read more "Guest Post via @briteeyes49: Ability Does NOT = Zip Code!"
An easel sits in the right-hand corner of our room. It’s always been there. Sometimes I use it, most of the time I don’t. I started to notice something a few days ago. My students have taken over the easel. First, they would write who was sharing during Morning Meeting. Then at the end of […]Read more "Guest post via @briteeyes49: My Students Have Taken Over The Easel!"
There used to be a time when a teacher would find his/her groove teaching, a style of teaching that produced results. Of course, as the years went by, that style, hopefully, would be refined, adjusted, tap here, tap there, and all is good. But “individual teaching styles” seem to have gone by the wayside. Teaching […]Read more "Guest Post via @briteeyes49: Synchronized Teaching- The Loss of Uniqueness!"
My heart broke when I read the story of this 4 year old abused girl. When the officers asked her what her name was, she responded, “Idiot.” The other child living in the house said that she was called that in place of her name. Soon after reading this story, I came across a tweet of […]Read more "Guest Post via @briteeyes49: “My Name is Idiot.”"