Learning Karate

Six years ago my daughter began taking karate. We wanted her to be able to defend herself in the world. Within her first year, the dojo (karate school) was taken over by Lee Burgess, who then grew the school into what is, today, Burgess Modern Day Warriors  My daughter was a very quiet and shy individual,

Teaching Technology

Not just a teacher in school. I am one out of school as well. Two years ago my husband and I were looking for new cell phones. His phone had died and we needed them. So I am debating whether or not to get the new iPhone that had come out or to get the


       As a teacher, I fell in love with www.code.org.  With our technological society, it is going to be important that kids know who to manipulate and create programs for the computer.       Www.code.org has created several levels of the curriculum. Course 1 is for Kindergarten or First grade. Course 2

Hurricane Preparation – Irma

Here in Florida, hurricanes can be a big deal. Take Irma. She is a Category 4-5 hurricane expected to hit our beautiful state tomorrow through Monday. Living in Florida means we have to be prepared between June and December for the possibility of a hurricane. People panic over a small Category 1 hurricane. Can you

Fidget Spinners, Ect.

Fidgets Fidgit spinners. Teachers don’t like them. But in reality, this teacher doesn’t mind if the kids have something to do with their hands while they are learning.   There have been many fads of fidgets over the years. Stress balls, cubes, and blocks name a few. As a teacher, I have had a couple of

Equity and Education

     Equity is where all have access to achieve a common goal no matter the ability. In education, this means, for example, that students learn to accomplish a task but may use different strategies to get there. Equity Activity     I just spent two days at a training to help educators to fully

God’s Fire

Have you sat in front of a fire recently and watched the wood burn in it? It is a wonderful thing to watch if it is in a fireplace or a wood stove. It is often relaxing and makes a person feel cozy. However, to see a fire on TV or in the news, it

The First Day of School

     The first day of school can be nerve-wracking for teachers and students. I am always nervous the first day of school. Are the kids going to like me? Will they going to be well-behaved? Are the parents supportive? I often start worrying the week before the kids start. Worrying to the point I

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

What an awesome book by Carol Dweck! Growth Mindset. I learned a lot about myself as a person and as a teacher. I can’t wait to help my students change their mindsets. A mind set can be fixed or growth. A fixed mindset says we are all we can be. We can’t be any better
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