Today was our annual Back to School Barbecue to serve the students, family, and community. We raffled shirts, backpacks, and two bicycles!
Governor Stephen Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community made a surprise visit to encourage our students to have a great year by succeeding academically.
The theme in The Lyons Den this year is Strength and Courage.
These two words embody the characteristics of a Lion (class mascot and a word play associated with my last name of Lyons). My students know how much I love lions and why that works in our classroom.
On Monday, I will begin my 4th year of teaching Middle School English Language Arts at Sacaton Middle School in Sacaton Arizona in the Gila River Indian Community. My classroom is known as The Lyons Den. For many students, I am known as Mama Lyons. I am honored to have this title.
This summer, I participated in the “Teaching Excellence” workshop series sponsored by the GRIC Native Youth Community Project Grant. I am grateful for this opportunity as it provided a wealth of knowledge to incorporate in my classroom which will accelerate my students learning for literacy.
This year, there will be much more engaging and impactful learning taking place in The Lyons Den! Although it may seem rigorous from the outside looking in, our students will step into the lessons engaged, feeling empowered, and willing to give their best effort.
It is my deepest desire to see my students succeed not only in high school but go on to attend college.
I take my role in this seriously – The Lyons Den is just the beginning. I look forward to an amazing school year!
On Friday, April 28, 2017, The Drama Club presented The Big Desert Race!
The first production at Sacaton Middle School in over 20 years!
I am beyond proud of how well these students did!
Unfortunately, the video camera malfunctioned and I have no video of the actual production to share – just a few clips from rehearsal.
This year we are a Capturing Kids Hearts school. I am so excited about it. We have a positive and caring culture which only improves our student’s learning experience.
My least favorite phrase (especially while teaching) is, “I’m bored.”
Why? Because it is a red flag that as a teacher, I am not doing what I should be. There shouldn’t be a dull moment. Engagement is the name of the game!
As a new teacher, this is my number one focus – STUDENT ENGAGEMENT. I am always looking for anything that will help in this area. My students shouldn’t be bored! They should be on the edge of their seats inhaling knowledge. They should be so interested that they long for every word I speak and they look forward to participating every opportunity they can!
My goal is to become the best teacher ever when it comes to student engagement!