Why Join United Teachers of Dade?

UTD
United Teachers of Dade

Today at our “emergency meeting”,  I should have known something was awry when I didn’t see any of the social studies teachers in attendance. Turns out the steward from United Teachers of Dade (UTD) wanted to talk to us before our big vote tomorrow. Continue reading “Why Join United Teachers of Dade?”

Misuse of an Inclusion Teacher

Inclusion teachers
Inclusion Teachers Need To Stand Up

Hold on to your special needs child’s IEP because what I’m about to tell you is going to blow you away.

It’s not a rumor. It’s not about distorting lies.

It’s about you knowing the truth.

I’m getting many complaints from teachers all over Miami Dade County Public Schools who are fed up with Continue reading “Misuse of an Inclusion Teacher”

Is Your Child Really Gifted?

Gifted Not Plan B
True Gifted Soar

I’m hooked on the CBS show Scorpion. It’s about four gifted adults who work with the government. Supposedly it’s based on a true story. As a young girl, I was given the “gifted” label. I had one of the best gifted teachers in Miami Dade County Public Schools. Mrs. D didn’t just have us think outside of the box, we had to forget there was a box and just think!

When I became a teacher, I had the amazing opportunity to teach gifted students at Southwood Middle School in Miami, Florida. Continue reading “Is Your Child Really Gifted?”

Teachers, Stop What You’re Doing

Teachers Stop
Teach Like A Boss

I’m a teacher. You’re a teacher. I say this to you from the bottom of my heart.

Stop what you are doing!

For the sake of your physical and mental health.

Stop what you are doing!

I want to say this at every faculty meeting but I don’t.

I bite my tongue and hope that the union steward will speak up.

But he doesn’t. Continue reading “Teachers, Stop What You’re Doing”

BYOD: Positive or Negative Factor?

BYOD Bring Your Own Device
To BYOD or Not to BYOD. That is the question.

Have you heard of BYOD? It stands for Bring Your Own Device to school.

Yes! We are now asking students to bring their iPads, iPhones, and other electronic devices into the classroom.

I guess we are supposed to be jumping up and down for joy over this. So why aren’t I joining the hip hip hooray bandwagon?

Electronic devices have their purpose in the learning process but there are pitfalls to this grand push for BYOD.

Here’s my take on it. Continue reading “BYOD: Positive or Negative Factor?”

NaBloPoMo: The Final Match

NaBloPoMo
My Rocky Shadow Pose

NaBloPoMo Challenge

I’m doing the NaBloPoMo challenge. That’s where I write a blog post every day in November.

I’ve done this before but didn’t always successfully complete all thirty days. This might be the year! Who knows?

I think it’s like a boxing match and I’m Rocky Balboa.

I feel pretty confident this year because I have some pretty cool coaches in my corner. Continue reading “NaBloPoMo: The Final Match”

Tests Ruin Our Children’s Future?

Tests Keep Aliens Away
Aliens make a good point.

I thought I had finished venting in yesterday’s post about over testing our children. I’m sorry. I was wrong. Today when I arrived to work, I received notice that the last week of October will be filled with more “mandatory” testing from the district. That’s just for reading. The following week will be for math.

So let’s do a recap. Continue reading “Tests Ruin Our Children’s Future?”

State Testing Gone Wild

Testing Gone Wild
Testing Gone Wild Requires Plenty of Coffee

I love teaching. I love being in the classroom with my students and being a part of their learning years. I’m not alone. There are thousands of teachers who feel the same way. Lately something has gone incredibly wrong. It is like a silent disease that is spreading from one generation into the next one. These past six years I’ve noticed more and more middle school students enter my classroom without knowing any nursery rhymes or childhood songs. Continue reading “State Testing Gone Wild”

Start the School Year with an A Plus

Successful school year
Readers are leaders

If you’re a parent of child still attending school then I know you can’t wait for school to start. If you’re in Miami, tomorrow is your day! Let’s make sure that your child is going to have a successful school year because as a teacher, I might have your student in my classroom. So we really need to work together for the sake of your child and my sanity. Continue reading “Start the School Year with an A Plus”