New Theme and Logo with a Greater Mission!

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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!

EdA2Z2016 – Comprehension

As a teacher, there is nothing more exciting than when your students “get it!”  When you see their eyes light up because they have finally grasped the concepts you are so desparately trying to teach.  It’s one thing to realize that the students are getting it and following along with you during whole group instruction, but what about when they are reading to themselves?

When they read aloud, you can kind of tell when they do not comprehend what they are reading.  It’s their body language, pace, pitch, and what they do with their eyes.  Sometimes they come to a word they do not understand and just – STOP reading.  While they are uttering the words, they are lost in the meaning of those words.  

My biggest win in the classroom comes when I can help my reading students improve their comprehension skills.  There is so much involved in that process that it is tough to communicate in one post.  It is, in my opinion, the foundation of reading literacy (comprehension really matters).

As I seek to help my students improve their literary comprehension skills, I will also grow in my ability to comprehend the needs of my students. 

#A to Z Challenge

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