Gifts Every Teacher Wants from Students

Students Gifts

Christmas Gifts From Students

Every year my students inquire about my Christmas list from Santa. Every year I want to tell them what’s really on my list: a date with Shemar Moore, $1,000 gift card to Nordstrom, Barnes and Noble, Ulta or Amazon.com, and the raise that Miami Dade County [Read more…]

UTD Bullied Me At My Workplace

Discrimination

See things at my eye level.

Yesterday, my workplace had an “emergency meeting” which prompted me to write yesterday’s post. You can read it here.

Was there a repercussion for speaking my mind?

You tell me.

Every time there is a vote, the UTD steward has the voting take place at the cafeteria at one of the [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

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 [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]