Caught Being a Terrific Teacher

So today was just an awesome šŸ‘šŸ½ day in education for me. šŸ‘©. Next week will mark my being the 7th grade science šŸ”¬ teacher at Mifflin Alternative Middle School for two months, as we close out the third quarter today.

Each Friday there is an assembly drawing to celebrate šŸŽ‰ teachers šŸ‘©šŸ½ā€šŸ« šŸ‘ØšŸ»ā€and students nominated for being great. šŸ‘šŸ¾ I was never selected in the past.šŸ˜„ I think initially the children found me too academically demanding so I gotz no “cool points” for that. However, over time they’ve come to realize that my standards for excellence are high and I’m committed to supporting their success. So today was my day to be recognized as a terrific teacher! I got this note and some Skittles at the morning assembly. šŸ˜Š

Additionally, two of my black male students who struggle academically, began to work harder in my class. They are becoming more engaged in the learning. One scored a 100% “A+” on my final quiz I gave today which is 25% of their grade. One was so happy he asked to take the paper home to show his mom!! Nothing but tears šŸ˜­ of joy on my end.

The other boy’s success (who got a “B’) was equally gratifying. I overheard him tell another teacher, “On the real I am low key stupid.” šŸ‘€ I told him, “NO you are not!”šŸ™…šŸ½. So to see the happiness on his face for receiving that “B” made my award today all the sweeter. šŸ­šŸ¬.Ā  I ā¤ļø being an Educator!

Learning the Water Cycle Experiment– Ocean Salinity

Parable of an Urban Educator

I told my friend Malahkiyah that I was going to explain one of my teaching strategies or ā€œparablesā€ that I shared with my student(s) who were being disruptive during the class. Here goesā€¦

ME: Let me explain something to you all. This classroom is a bank. I am the bank teller and the knowledge that I dispense to you is the money. Each of you are here to make a withdrawal. Some of you need your money (knowledge) to one day pay for college. Others may want to start a business or maybe buy someone you love something nice.

Gone are the days that simply finishing high school will be enough for you to survive in this world. You will need post-secondary education whether it is formal like in college or university study or informal online self-training.Ā  Let’s be clear, you will need continuous education to make a living for yourself and family.

Taking all of that into consideration, when someone comes into this classroom to disrupt the learning process they are robbing you of the opportunity for that better life. You only have control over yourself in this classroom and no one else. All Iā€™m asking today is that you donā€™t be a ā€œBank Robberā€. Any questions?

#AdultEducationĀ  #CivicEngagementĀ  #STEAMEducation4Youth #LivelongLearning

Teaching ESL Mathematics and Science in the Columbus City School (CCS) District High Schools

As a new Ph.D. graduate actively engaged in the faculty search process I have been fortunate to have a plethora of wonderful experiences post-graduation.Ā  Currently, I am finding myself in a position to give back to the students who served to motivate me to pursue my doctorate degree in Adult Education Learning and Organization Development.

I am applying for university professor positions and was also blessed to be welcomed back asĀ a long-term substitute science teacher with the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district in Ohio.Ā  There are no words to express the joy that I have for teaching and learning.Ā  This is especially true as I am able to work withĀ our ESL, immigrant and racial minority group students attendingĀ CSS.Ā  Being a substituteĀ teacherĀ with the capacity to accept long-term working assignmentsĀ with pre-K through high school students has been great!Ā  It has allowed me to introduce my scholarship, perform community engaged work, and utilizeĀ the academicĀ trainingĀ I gained during my time at the University of Georgia.

Additionally, the invaluableĀ experiences that I gained as an educator living abroad in Chile,Ā South America,Ā while also serving as a visiting scholar at the Universidad CatĆ³licaĀ del Maule, haveĀ allĀ  come together as applied learning to the benefit of theĀ students that I am now teaching here in the United States.Ā Ā Below are some recent photos from my assignment at Independence High School and words of thanks I receivedĀ  from both my students and instructional professionals who evaluated my teachingĀ this past October.Ā  I was able toĀ effectivelyĀ use theĀ learning style and problem-solving constructsĀ obtained through my research usingĀ Spiral Dynamic Theory in order to help ESL students learn.Ā  I also was able to useĀ foundational adult learning philosophyĀ such as co-generative group learningĀ in the production of lesson plans and the delivery ofĀ academic content that helped our immigrant population of culturally diverseĀ students to learn mathematics more effectively.

#ILoveBeingAnEducatorĀ  ā¤

Introducing Dr. Lisa Rochelle Brown

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Passed my dissertation defense at the University of Georgia on yesterday 3/28/16.Ā  I am now Lisa Rochelle Brown, Ph.D. in Adult Education Learning and Organization Development

My Dissertation is entitled:

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES AND OUTCOMES IN CHILEAN PRIVATE

FOR-PROFIT AND PUBLIC GRADUATE EDUCATION

by

LISA R. BROWN

(Under the Direction of Lorilee R. Sandmann)

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My dearest friend Mansur Ali Buffins was there to support me during my dissertation defense presentation.Ā  He has no idea how much I appreciated his encouragement and constant support of my efforts at UGA.Ā  Mansur is like the son I never had biologically, but certainly have come to cherish him as my son spiritually.

Got my PhD Defense Date 3/28/16

I have been so in a cave since my last blog post. My life has been and absolute whirlwind, but in the most loveliest of ways. I will have more to say as a reentry back to my blog-world space. For the time being, I just wanted to say YIPPEE!! The light at the end of the tunnel on my PhD odyssey is nigh. šŸ™‚ ā¤

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Walking toward my destiny post-defense date at UGA 3/28/16

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Interrupting Bernie: Exposing the White Supremacy of the American Left

What an honest and thorough analysis of a “problem space” within the progressive left leaning politic regarding black lives. I am encouraged that this has reached the stage of dialogue. I will be monitoring the progress going forward. But, this “bread crumbs” offering politicking with black folks for their votes has gone on far to0 long. Let’s fess-up, grow-up, and act in opposition to the problem of systemic racism in our country on every level!!

Change From Within

Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford holds her fist overhead and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. The women, co-founders of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter, took over the microphone and refused to relinquish it. Sanders eventually left the stage without speaking and instead waded into the crowd to greet supporters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford holds her fist overhead and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. The women, co-founders of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter, took over the microphone and refused to relinquish it. Sanders eventually left the stage without speaking and instead waded into the crowd to greet supporters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

You know, Iā€™ve always liked Bernie Sanders. I appreciate that as a U.S. Senator, he has been willing to speak the truth about many important social issues, but heā€™s also a U.S. Senator, which means that he is onlyĀ going to be as progressive as his electorate allows him to be.

That said, Iā€™d generally been pretty disappointed with the lack of racial justice analysis in his economic inequality platform asā€¦

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