Friday, December 26, 2014

The Teacher Ninja in You

Calling fellow teachers. I'm working a book titled The Teacher Ninja. Unlike my young adult and children's stories, I'm publishing this one myself on Kindle. This book will focus on teachers. A book for us.

 I would like to include comments and thoughts from teachers on various topics based on experience in the classroom. My goal? To publish a light hearted book focused on teachers as the experts in education.

 If you are interested, please follow the link below to fill out the question form. I'll contact you if I decide to use your answers or an answer in the book.

I hope to hear from you! Click Below.

Questions for The Teacher Ninja by TC Booth

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Witness the Heart of a Champion

Have you heard that LeBron is coming home? Of course you have, unless you've been vacationing on Mars this summer.  As a loyal Cavs fan this makes me happy to say the least. I'm pumped to see LeBron and Kyrie on the court together. However, I'd like to take my fan hat off and talk about his return from under two other hats that I wear.

"Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now." LeBron James opening quote from SI Post.

I tear up every time I read this. It is so true. I remember my husband following LeBron's journey as a kid in Akron. We knew he'd be a star player someday. When he was drafted by the Cavs he became our star, the people of Northeast Ohio. So when he says that sometimes it feels like he's our son, he is right. I can't image the pressure this would put on a young man. Wearing my mom hat, I have to say that I couldn't be prouder of the person he has become and the positive role model he is for children.

With that said, it's time to put on my teacher hat.  LeBron and I share a passion, not just for basketball, but more importantly, our love and hope for the children of Northeast Ohio.  He is the ultimate example of giving back to the community. Among the numerous ways he's given back to his community, the focus on education is the at top of my list. As a third grade teacher, my social studies standards require me to teach about citizenship and giving back to your community. I'm proud to use LeBron James as a role model for the children in my classroom when teaching these standards.

The children already know him as a basketball star and champion. Now they'll get a look into the heart of this champion and learn from his example.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday.

We had our second round of parent-teacher conferences at the beginning of the week. They went well. I didn't have many grades to share due to all the snow days!
We began our Volcano Unit. This is always a high interest topic for the kiddos.  One of the skills we're working on is questioning the text. The kids make foldable Volcanoes to write their questions and answers on. Then they add "lava" erupting to make it fun.
Every year my class writes a myth and publishes it with Student Treasures. We worked on our class draft this week. The children decided to explain how lightning and tornadoes came to be. It is so cute . Children have amazing imaginations. 

We ended our week with the Valentine exchange and party. My room parent planned fun games for the kids. They enjoyed a game of Valentine Twister.
On a personal note. I finished my guest post at the Writer's Drawer.  My post is titled  A Writer's Heart. You can click on the post title if you're interested in reading it.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Currently

 Happy February! It's time to link up with Farley for this month's Currently. Here it goes.....

2 truths and a fib.........
1. True! My young adult novella is going to be publish by Austraea Press. I received the contract last week. I am beyond excited.
2. Fib-but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
3. True. My had my first parasail experience last summer at the Outer Banks and can't wait to go again.
Have a great start to the new month!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Balancing Act I: Time for Intervention


     Happy Saturday everyone! I'd like to stay true to my blog premise and post tips for keeping a balanced classroom environment. There isn't a balancing act in the world that can compare to a teacher's daily balancing act!  Time for intervention is one of numerous things that needs worked into an already congested daily schedule. I'm going to share what works for me after many trials and errors.

Balancing Act I: Time for Intervention

    I've found that the first half hour of the day works best for my RTI time. The children are settled and work well on their own at that time. While I meet with students, the other children are working on their daily math questions, taking turns on Xtra Math, and passing the iPad around. I found an app called Teach Me that the children enjoy. They "go to school" and earn coins by reviewing multiplication, division, spelling, and sight words. Every child is reviewing and practicing skills during this time.

 This is what works for me. I hope you find this post helpful!

Have a great weekend!



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