“Our Children…New Year 2017”

Be the voice for our children...
Be the voice for our children…
Hillary Clinton advocate for children's right to a strong public education...
Hillary Clinton… advocate for ¬†our children’s right to a strong public education..

Blessings for the New Year 2014

Be open for our truth that all children’s voices must¬†be heard…

 

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All Children need a leader that will provide them with a strong Public School Education..

It is extremely frustrating and challenging for me to accept ¬†that in this brand new year,¬† with the election¬†over, President Elect Donald Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos will be Secretary of Education…She has never been a proponent of public schools… Her focus will be on privatization and school vouchers for school choice…This choice for all children will be catastrophic for most children who rely on public schools!

Dedicating my professional life to teaching in our public schools… I know from first hand experience¬†what¬†such an impact¬†will have, ¬†when public schools ¬†lose ¬†resources affecting our children…

Just like it was yesterday; back in the Nineties when Jeb Bush was our governor right here in Florida. It was the beginning of privatization¬† with school vouchers…”The no child Left Behind” Act began, making testing and accountability priorities… School vouchers and charter schools taking¬† monies and resources available to our children and public schools….We were required teaching¬† a¬†more sophisticated curriculum that has been characterized developmentally inappropriate,¬†¬†with fewer resources…And we teachers evaluated unfairly and blamed for the failures in our public schools…

This loss of necessary revenues has led to overcrowded classrooms, fewer specialized teachers helping our children with issues impacting their learning… We even have had school closings¬†that have caused these overcrowded classrooms with longer bus rides for our children…

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President Obama signing Elementary and Secondary Act on December 10, 2015…

We must thank President Obama for realizing our public schools needed his involvement… We have been dealing with those many challenges imposed from the Bush era…And This act was to put more emphasis on children in the young years, when learning is crucial to a child’s foundation…

Having taught many children from ¬†impoverished homes… Knowing how ¬†they¬† come to school hungry for what public schools ¬†have to offer…Their families are just surviving, and it has been ¬†up to dedicated teachers providing them with the necessary tools to be successful… a hope for a better future…

What saddens me is that we as a Country could have made a difference for our children… I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for Hillary in Flagler County, in Florida… a predominately Republican County… I met wonderful volunteers who worked along with me to make that difference… We made calls and knocked on doors… Meeting wonderful people in our community who wanted a better tomorrow… Even with those who did not see the future as we see for our children…

And now we are left with a future very uncertain for our children and public schools… My hope is that we will realize what is right for our children before our public schools become severely affected…

 

 

 

 

Our Season of Thanks….

2c3d19e6946923cbac75990147e20316This time of year, back in the day…My classroom was the place for fun that inhanced our ¬†learning….We had time to incorporate into the ¬†curriculum, ¬†learning through special art ¬†and ¬†creative poetry projects that were made for our parents, as holiday gifts…

We truly enjoyed taking ¬†two special ¬†field trips to ¬†magical places that our ¬†children got to experience first hand: visiting a pumpkin patch farm and ¬†the viewing of the Nutcracker Ballet…Some of our children would never have had those opportunities…What learning!

We spent a great deal of time learning and appreciating different cultures and how they celebrated the season…And finally, ¬†the children couldn’t wait for the culmination of the celebration of the season with our holiday cookie exchange…Then off for winter break!!!

It is my hope that ¬†our public school teachers continue these beautiful traditions for our children…As we know, there are those children who especially need to know the Beauty of the Season…

This could be a Season of Miracles…

Our Future…Election 2016

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Now that I am retired from a forty year career educating ¬†our children, I have more time to continue my passion for “our children’s ¬†right to a strong public education…

I can now be more vocal in the politics, advocating for our children…I have lived through all the changes from the past…Starting back in 1972…To the present when privatization ¬†is weakening public schools, taking tax monies away that ¬†perhaps will destroy public education…

I am now able to volunteer here in Flagler County…Democratic Headquarters for Hillary and ¬†other strong democratic candidates…Such as Patrick Murphy running for the Senate and a local citizen, Adam Morley vying for District 24 seat on Florida’s Legislature…

I have been calling citizens in Flagler and Volusia Counties…. canvassing, and attending a rally in Dayton Beach, Florida, where I actually met Hillary and thanked her for supporting public education…

I feel as many of us do we have to get out and vote…Our general election will be on Tuesday, November 8, 2016…Please, vote…

Our children and their right to a strong public education depend on this election…

School Spirit…

With the beginning of a new school year, and the start of a second year since my retiring…I can reflect those many wonderful memories I hold onto…

The one I do hold dearly is that all through my forty plus years in my career as a teacher…I can truly appreciate my children allowing me such a wonderful platform where my unique sense of drama and creative talents allowed me to utilize my spirit in my teaching…

In these present challenging times with fewer resources and many demands of teaching ; even after these many years; It was the children’s love and innocence that ¬†provided me the passion to inspire them with my enthusiasm; my strong sense of ¬†spirit…They gave me a wonderful audience where I was able ¬†to utilize ¬†my sense of drama and creativity to make each day unique… I ¬†now must happily recognize these essential components to my success, as a teacher…

It was always my goal to find the ¬†fun… And now, I can recollect ¬†those moments of fun a teacher¬†shares with his or her children… Through this captive audience, my children allowed me to keep¬†my spirit alive…Keeping “the child in me alive”…

When I first began teaching in the early “Seventies”, I was young and fresh; our ¬†curriculum allowed ¬†time for the¬†fun…We got to bake more often…Play and theater was a big part of the day…I myself enjoyed the opportunity to use drama in the classroom… I felt like I was playing a role, putting on a performance…to engage with the children…Never a dull moment…Each day was a new beginning….The years flew….

Teaching children of today, has ¬†certainly become much more serious, ¬†many more challenges, many more demands…Children needed ¬†more from me than the “play”, ¬†they needed mr to be a positive,strong role model… I ¬†was then able to incorporate to utilize “my spirit to gain their attention…even managing behavior issues…

For many, I was ¬†their ¬†one positive constant in their lives… With my drama and creative spirit, ¬†I was able to reach them, even for that moment…Hopefully touching their lives forever…

 

 

 

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“What will Happen Now?…

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Being an eternal optimist… I must use my positive outlook… In having had many challenges in my personal life… I as many are feeling in the aftermath of this election, may ¬†want to give up the fight…

My positive outlook on life dictates for me not to give up, but rise and a call to action….

We as a People can not… As “Hillary” would emphatically speak…

We are Stronger Together… For all that is right in our Country… For our beautiful children who need positive roll models…

Teaching ¬†those many years,¬† my children who came into my classroom ¬†from poverty and dysfunction in their homes, would listen, with full attention when¬†I would share some of my ¬†personal stories coming from a poor single family household…and how I overcame the many challenges I incurred in my life, having made me ¬†work extra hard, ¬†paying my way for a college education; I was always hoping to provide them with insight …and guidance… Our¬†¬†young children want and must need to know…In order to succeed….

Now this election is over,¬†I am deeply heartsick and realize how divided our Country is… We as teachers have definitely witnessed how these changes have impacted our children…Children, especially from poverty need positive role models to guide and direct their future…This is crucial especially those that may not get much if any support from home…

Having listened to ¬†such negative and hateful rhetoric, ¬†watching our media giving so much attention to getting the story… missed so much… The divide of our people…how their anger affects their ¬†children, nor really caring…As I witnessed first hand in volunteering for Hillary’s campaign ¬†this concerns me as the message we are giving our children..

However, In my own personal experiences canvassing neighborhoods for this campaign. ¬†Flagler County, in a Republican Community¬† in Florida,¬† I did meet many people from different ethnicity, age groups, and genders… We were all ready working together to get Hillary¬† elected as our President…… I must be positive ¬†and hopeful… Those of the many, as the popular vote affirms, ¬†believe as I do…

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We need to ¬†keep up the fight for all the beauty our Country has to offer…We must continue speaking out for the “good”… We need to be positive role models for our children…

I feel we will succeed…for our children…This is their future….!!!

Politics in the Classroom..

Having taught back in the early seventies, post Civil Rights Movement and ¬†having the most important opportunity teaching all children especially those that were mainstreamed from¬†our society that practiced segregation …I¬† can remember just like it was yesterday,¬†¬†entering¬†into teaching with¬†such passion that reflected my¬†idealism and hope…As I do speak for myself; ¬†many of my colleagues felt as I did…

I can even remember entering¬†the classroom for the very first time, summer of…1970…doing my first field experience in preparation for my becoming a teacher….

I was going to “Change the World”…And “Make¬†that Difference”!

The political climate of the Seventies¬†was definitely pro education…It was more than just rhetoric… Federal programs such as Head Start with¬†such a¬†strong emphasis on¬†early childhood education and Title I programs that assisted those children who struggled¬†with their learning…were being funded and implemented…

Parenting groups also began at this time, ¬†providing such educational and informative workshops for those parents who needed support and encouragement; ¬†Hopefully in the end, becoming more knowledgeable and ¬†involved in the educational needs of their child…And I too, even¬†had the wonderful¬†opportunity to be involved with…

I feel so blessed that I was able to be a part of this history; fueling¬†my passion for saving children …So much so ,¬†that¬†most of my forty years have been in primary education…

Over twenty five years as a first grade teacher, of which ten of those years, teaching children that were not on grade level…

¬†This¬†¬†political climate of pro funding¬†continued through the Eighties … However by the early Nineties there was a most definite shift…¬†… the result from the direction of our politics¬†right here in Florida, under¬†the Governorship of¬†Jeb Bush.¬†.. Sadly, his politics encouraged the privatization of education, detrimentally affecting our children with the… “No Child Left Behind”¬†Movement…And I as many feel the beginning of Public Education’s struggles….

Public Education was most definitely¬†not a top priority any more…We¬†teachers¬†felt this in our classroom everyday… We¬†had to deal with the strain of ¬†more standardized tests, and more¬†biased¬†accountability…¬†¬†This was now¬† the beginnings of vouchers and the privatization of ¬†education…Our children were now¬† feeling¬† this emphasis, more demands and¬† less resources…We ¬†teachers, feeling so unappreciated…and devalued…And more than ever the blame with all the reasons schools¬†were failing…

“Our children were being left behind”…¬†

My first twenty years flew by so…Teaching was such a joy…

However, through the Nineties, and into this New Millennium with the demands and ¬†fewer resources due to this political shift…Society’s politics has impacted families thus affecting our children… Children¬†are now coming in to school less prepared…More of our children live in poverty¬†and have emotional and physical issues…¬†…And we teachers with all our creative talents have such unrealistic demands…Our classrooms are micromanaged and we are being assessed on how proficient we are…We educators have always¬†felt being accountable is extremely essential…Children deserve the best… However we¬†are not being assessed fairly due to the limits placed on¬†with testing and¬†collecting data… Many teach in overcrowded classrooms and fewer resources at our disposal….

How will the Politics of Today play out? …Thanks to President Obama¬†Passing…The¬†Every Child Succeeds¬†Act, no child will be left behind‚Ķ

Some of the rhetoric has been ecouraging fewer tests and even giving recess back to children….

I feel this can be a fresh start, and we may be going ¬†back to a time in History… the politics of the Seventies when all our children were important…We must prioritize funding Public Education for all our children…

 

 

“Great Teachers” …2016

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It is my belief that teachers do not need a script to teach…They are born with a passion¬†…to teach…

I have learned through the many years in the classroom that teachers may¬†be technologically skilled…

However, the greatest teachers are quite unique with their¬†skillful¬†use of their¬†creativity, and knowing just¬†how to¬†balance the necessary and fundamental¬†skills that today’s¬†teachers are required to teach;¬† essentially¬†knowing¬†the background, abilities and styles of their children;¬† And moreover,¬†what is truly important, given all the constraints and demands of today…

“That Great¬†Teacher” is the master of his or her class…

Today’s concerns and demands influencing and impeding the efforts of¬†“That Great Teacher”¬† and the success she or he will have with their children,¬†is the¬†powerful¬†political agenda…

This  political agenda does not want to provide the monies necessary that it takes for teachers to be successful

This¬†¬†lack of money impacts Public Education today…What concerns me the most that those in charge with this power, ¬†know so little about educating children,¬†in addition to their biases and disinterest ¬†with ¬†the¬†knowledge¬† of the fundamental needs of our¬†children and moreover,¬†the talents teachers of today must have, if children of today¬†are to be successful….

Putting it simply…Politicians do not want to provide resources available to lower class size, and provide teachers the necessary resources to teach successfully… In addition to¬† requiring a¬†the developmentally inappropriate curriculum that includes over use of¬†testing and data collecting…They want to privatize education taking the necessary¬†resources ¬†away from Public Education…wanting it to fail…

With all that is not ¬†happening In¬†Public Education;¬†those born with that passion for children and their¬† unique talents for¬†teaching, may not even go into¬†teaching, nor stay for very long…due to all these constraints and demands…Veteran teachers such as myself…can not wait to retire…

And now…There is¬†¬†a new hope in 2016… Thanks to¬†President Obama signing and putting into law…¬†¬†the passage of¬† , , , , v….

With¬†The¬†Every Child Succeeds¬†Act, no child will be left behind…¬†Hopefully, every child could be successful and have the same opportunities…Great teachers with all their passion and creativity will be able to meet the needs of their children…

A new hope for 2016….and the future for our children’s right to a strong education…