Category: Ms. A’s Classroom

  • Changed My Mindset, Changed My Day

    Without going into personal details for fear it will ruin my future New York Times best selling novel about my life, I can reveal that this past week has been a trying week. But on my way to work, I thought I should take my own advice to change my mindset when things get chaotic. […]

  • Step By Step Isn’t Always Easy

    I’m about to share a video that literally took over 60 hours to produce, direct and edit. I would love to take the credit but all I did was supervise, pull my hair out, shed some tears, yell and laugh throughout the entire process. My first year teaching theatre and the first year our k-8 […]

  • Gifts Every Teacher Wants 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, and the raise that Miami Dade County

  • UTD Bullied Me At My Workplace

    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

  • Why Join United Teachers of Dade?

    Why Join 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.

  • Misuse of an Inclusion Teacher

    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

  • Is Your Child Really Gifted?

    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 […]

  • Teachers, Stop What You’re Doing

    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 […]

  • BYOD: Positive or Negative Factor?

    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 […]