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(NEW EBOOK NOW AVAILABLE)-POEMS FOR For EDUCATORS -30 Poems to Inspire Educators (Book Interview)

Written by Samantha C. Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

Living loving Lauderdale: Today’s guest is Samantha C. Coleman Author of Poems for Educators: 30 Poems to Inspire Teachers.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: The earliest I can remember wanting to be a writer was when I was in the 4th grade. I use to write dictation bubbles out of the advertisements in my grandmother’s Ebony Magazines. I made a comedy which used some really expressive words that put me in big trouble with my family. That same year my mother and grandmother purchased an electric auto-correcting typewriter for me. I assume they saw the passion I had for writing and I have never stopped.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: What inspires you to write?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: Writing is often like the wind to waves. Every wave comes in different like our moods. Sometimes our moods inspire different passions at different levels. I have learned that when my creative wave of writing hits I need to embrace it and ride it because the wind often changes direction quickly. Currently, education and cycling are my biggest inspirations at this time.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: What inspired you to write your latest publication Poems for Educators?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: I have been teaching for 20 years within pre-k-12 and within higher education combined. I have been writing about education and writing poems about life. I decided that now is the perfect time to release these education-based poems because it’s relevant now. I have a passion for education and writing. Why not combine the two? I am at a point in my career that I can share my journey. I am a happy teacher. I can laugh, grow and see my progress. I can also inspire teachers who have had obstacles and need a little literal motivation to let them know it is worth it also.

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LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: Who is your intended audience?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: For this current publication my audience is intended for new future teachers on all levels and veteran seasoned teachers. As an adjunct college professor in the school of education, I will be sharing this with my undergraduate students and professors. As a Pre-K lead teacher, I will be sharing this with my peers. Anyone who believes in the importance of education this book can be relevant to them.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: Why did you decide to share this work with the world now?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: I have been thinking about publishing this book for a very long time. My last publication was in 2008 and I have grown so much from then academically and content-wise. I feel like this wave of creativity for this subject matter is now. It is important to follow my instinct and my instinct say’s “life is not for stagnation”.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: What is the motivation for the need for some of the concepts in the book?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: The concepts of this poetry book is to remind all

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educators “Your why” which is the reasoning behind continuing or pursuing this challenging profession. Reminding educators to find locations that respect their energy, delivery, and credentials. Education should not make you unhappy if it is in a nurturing environment. Surrounding yourself with positive and uplifting coworkers helps tremendously.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: Do you have any upcoming book signing events coming up?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: yes, I have a few things in mind and I happen to know the lead writer for living loving Lauderdale and will definitely keep you posted on those dates. I am also open to speaking at developmental days to motivate educators and to remind them that they matter. Follow Me On Twitter and FB for contact and scheduling https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FGScholar

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: How much is your book and where can we purchase it?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: My latest publication consists of 30 poems.  The hardback of 31 pages long and is $10.00. My Ebook is 17 pages and is $5  It can be purchased via (CLICK HERE)Amazon Digital Services LLC that will be available for (PRE-SALE) Like me on FB for updates https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

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LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: Thank you so much for being a guest on Living Loving Lauderdale. Our Interview is complete but how can people continue to follow you on social media?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: You can follow this blog because I wrote it!

Now that you know, get out there and go!

If you thought this blog was helpful to feel free to subscribe, share on social media!

Onward!

Written by Mrs. Samantha C. Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm. Ed., Ed.d. (Abd)

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

 

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10 Ways to Achieve a Positive Work/Life Balance.

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https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

If you bring work home then you are doing it wrong.  You don’t get an extra sense of peace of mind for working longer. You do get peace of mind when you work smarter and plan better. Here are 10 suggested ways to achieve a positive work/life balance.

  1. Plan fun, affordable activities on your days off.
  2. Remain professional with all coworkers.
  3. Use work emails/numbers for coworkers or parents.
  4. Refrain from gossip at work and posting it on social media.
  5. Spend time with people you love.
  6. Reorganize your circle of friends that include a mentor, a friend, a cheerleader, peers, and a coach. 
  7. Plan time for self-care.
  8. Refrain as much as you can from complaining.
  9. Laugh/smile as much as you can.
  10. Find the positive in 1 thing or more each day.

Now that you know, get out there and go!

If you thought this blog was helpful, please like and share it on social media!

Onward!

Written by

Mrs. Samantha C. Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

10 Ways to Improve Reading Skills in Pre-K to 1st grade.

Written by Samantha C. Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

As an educator, there is always excitement when assessing reading levels and seeing growth after lessons taught. One can attribute that growth to exposure in school and at home. Parents and guardians play a big part in the learning process.  Some may suggest that conversations about words allow meaningful memories to form.  Improving reading is a team effort that allows everyone to be part of learners’ development. Here are 10 ways to improve reading in a pk-4 to a 1st-grade student.

  1. Review alphabets (letter recognition) every day/ after school.
  2. Practice alphabet word sounds, blends, CVC words (Phonics) every day/after school.
  3. Emersion of sight words /words for colors (Exposure) every day/after school.
  4. Integrate the 5 Components of  Reading (Phonemic Awareness, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Phonics, Fluency, Spelling)  (See video on how to do so.)
  5. Have conversations with your young learners about the things they see around them.
  6. Check students’ comprehension after reading stories to them.
  7. Play the phonics game; make a letter sound and have the young learner guess the letter.
  8. Practice rhythming words.
  9. Practice “opposite” words.
  10. Practice vowels.

Over the years my teaching technique has included the 3 learning styles (Auditory, Visual, and Tactile) while incorporating this list of 10.  I have found that long monotone discussions don’t work well with young learners. I like to involve everyone in the process. It is edutainment and definitely an Edu-workout!

Now that you know, get out there and go!

If you thought this blog was helpful, please like and share it on social media!

Onward!

Written by

Mrs. Samantha C. Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

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5 Quick Ways to Find Your Purpose for Teaching!

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https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

Here are 5 quick ways to help you find your purpose for teaching. By doing each of these items you will be going through a process of self-discovery.

  1. Teach at a school outside of your comfort zone.

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  2. Read for academic pleasure.
  3. Network with academic peers.
  4. Expand your education.
  5. Surround yourself with positive individuals in the field.

After the completion of these 5 components, you will know what your purpose is. You will know your strengths and weaknesses. You will have found “your why”. #FINDYOURWHY

If you thought this blog was helpful, feel free to subscribe and share it on social media!

Onward!

Written by Mrs. Samantha C. Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

 

10 Crash Course Tips to Apply in a Pk-3/4 Classroom

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Written by Samantha C. Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

Congratulations you are a teacher! Try not to get overwhelmed with classroom themes on Pinterest. Here are 10 crash course ways to keep it simple in a pk-3/4 classroom.

This suggested list should help you get started.

1. Establish a student morning routine/check-in and evening routine.

2. Define your centers.

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3. Pick a realistic theme that you can duplicate in your class. Incorporate a theme and provide the manipulatives for the developmental play that are needed at this academic stage.

4. Splash components of your theme in your centers.

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5. Create student name tags with velcro on the back.

6. Adhere velcro dots to center locations (kitchen, blocks, library, music, sensory, writing, creation)for easy students center transitions.

7. Label your circle time seating or assign a spot for your students to sit during circle time.

8. Calendar math: find a playlist that focuses on; good morning songs, months, days of the week, shapes, adding & subtracting, counting to 100, weather and movement.

9. Pre-plan your writing/math activities in their primary composition books.

Check out this blog on how I apply writing/math activities in a Pk-3/4/vpk class.

10. Label learning manipulatives.

I hope you enjoyed this crash course list. I hope it inspires you to dig deeper into many learning theories that support many of these components.

Now that you know, get out there and go!

If you thought this blog was helpful, please like and share on social media!

Onward!

Written by

Mrs. Samantha C. Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

Poems For Educators:30 poems to Inspire Teachers! -E-BOOK AVAILABLE NOW!

Written by Samantha C. Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

http://amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

Living loving Lauderdale: Today’s guest is Samantha C. Coleman Author of Poems for Educators: 30 Poems to Inspire Teachers.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: The earliest I can remember wanting to be a writer was when I was in the 4th grade. I use to write dictation bubbles out of the advertisements in my grandmother’s Ebony Magazines. I made a comedy which used some really expressive words that put me in big trouble with my family. That same year my mother and grandmother purchased an electric auto-correcting typewriter for me. I assume they saw the passion I had for writing and I have never stopped.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: What inspires you to write?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: Writing is often like the wind to waves. Every wave comes in different like our moods. Sometimes our moods inspire different passions at different levels. I have learned that when my creative wave of writing hits I need to embrace it and ride it because the wind often changes direction quickly. Currently, education and cycling are my biggest inspirations at this time.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: What inspired you to write your latest publication Poems for Educators?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: I have been teaching for 20 years within pre-k-12 and within higher education combined. I have been writing about education and writing poems about life. I decided that now is the perfect time to release these education-based poems because it’s relevant now. I have a passion for education and writing. Why not combine the two? I am at a point in my career that I can share my journey. I am a happy teacher. I can laugh, grow and see my progress. I can also inspire teachers who have had obstacles and need a little literal motivation to let them know it is worth it also.

20190916_014050_0000

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: Who is your intended audience?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: For this current publication my audience is intended for new future teachers on all levels and veteran seasoned teachers. As an adjunct college professor in the school of education, I will be sharing this with my undergraduate students and professors. As a Pre-K lead teacher, I will be sharing this with my peers. Anyone who believes in the importance of education this book can be relevant to them.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: Why did you decide to share this work with the world now?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: I have been thinking about publishing this book for a very long time. My last publication was in 2008 and I have grown so much from then academically and content-wise. I feel like this wave of creativity for this subject matter is now. It is important to follow my instinct and my instinct say’s “life is not for stagnation”.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: What is the motivation for the need for some of the concepts in the book?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: The concepts of this poetry book is to remind all

2019-09-22 (3)
#FINDYOURWHY T’s Now Available

educators “Your why” which is the reasoning behind continuing or pursuing this challenging profession. Reminding educators to find locations that respect their energy, delivery, and credentials. Education should not make you unhappy if it is in a nurturing environment. Surrounding yourself with positive and uplifting coworkers helps tremendously.

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: Do you have any upcoming book signing events coming up?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: yes, I have a few things in mind and I happen to know the lead writer for living loving Lauderdale and will definitely keep you posted on those dates. I am also open to speaking at developmental days to motivate educators and to remind them that they matter. Follow Me On Twitter and FB for contact and scheduling https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FGScholar

LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: How much is your book and where can we purchase it?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: My latest publication consists of 30 poems.  The hardback of 31 pages long and is $10.00. My Ebook is 17 pages and is $5  It can be purchased via (CLICK HERE)Amazon Digital Services LLC that will be available for (PRE-SALE) Like me on FB for updates https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

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LIVING LOVING LAUDERDALE: Thank you so much for being a guest on Living Loving Lauderdale. Our Interview is complete but how can people continue to follow you on social media?

SAMANTHA COLEMAN: You can follow this blog because I wrote it!

Now that you know, get out there and go!

If you thought this blog was helpful to feel free to subscribe, share on social media!

Onward!

Written by Mrs. Samantha C. Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm. Ed., Ed.d. (Abd)

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

Falling is Part of it!

Written by Samantha C. Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm.

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

https://www.amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

If you think you aren’t going to fall or run into a tree when you choose to ride a mountain bike than you are sadly mistaken. Falling is part of it. Falling can be extremely devasting and the levels of injury can really rack up a high medical bill, attribute to a loss of life and or rack up a deep blow to your ego. Falling is part of cycling. Within many trail systems, mother nature often provides daily obstacles that are always changing. One slight position change when taking a turn or a rock in the wrong place can affect the outcome of your ride.

Here are 5 SUGGESTIONS to be aware of when you fall.

  1. If possible quickly get out of the path of the trail.
  2. Assess if you have broken bones or punctures. If you can safely get to the fire trail do so. If not call for help via cell or call out for help.
  3. Is your bike okay? (assess, grips, chain, pedals, shoes, brakes, spokes and debris)
  4. What just happened?
  5. Brush yourself off and keep pedaling… because falling is part of it!

Now that you know, get out there and go!

If you thought this blog was helpful to feel free to subscribe, share on social media! Onward!

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Mrs. Samantha Cooper-Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm. Ed., Ed.d. (Abd)

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A Healthy Teacher is a Happy Teacher.

Written by Samantha C. Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm.

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

https://www.amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

If you survived the first week of school without a sniffle kudos to you. Self-care is a universal necessity that crosses all professions. As educators, we are constantly sharing spaces with coworkers and students. It is impossible to reject a hug from a coughing student or not give a high five.

Some things are out of an educators’ control but a few self-care practices are. If applicable establish a hand washing routine upon entering the class. Encourage the usage of hand sanitizer when sneezing in hands and coughing into one’s inner elbow.

Here are a few SUGGESTIONS to help you with your self-care healthy teacher happy teacher Bucket list:

1. Eat Breakfast.
2. Plan bathroom breaks around your daily schedule.
3. Infuse teaching with enthusiasm.
4. Drink orange juice.
5. Use hand sanitizer.
6. Keep your hands out of your mouth.
7. Keep your students’ hands out of your mouth.
8. Avoid the cake in the break room.
9. Use your planning period for next day prepping.
10. Leave on time.
11. Drink calming tea.
12. Buy a nice planner.
13. If applicable keep air conditioner to 68 degrees.
14. Don’t bring work home.
15. Utilize classroom dojo for all parent communications.
16. Find a fun exercise routine.
17. Socialize with adults.
18. Follow 1 positive teacher affirmation on social media.
19. Throw things away.
20. Remember you are awesome and that your presence enhances the profession.
21. Bonus save documents on Onedrive and google drive cloud.

Now that you know, get out there and go!

If you thought this blog was helpful to feel free to subscribe, share on social media! Onward!

Written by

Mrs. Samantha Cooper-Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm. Ed., Ed.d. (Abd)

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BACK TO SCHOOL: How To Make Planning Work For You!

Written by Samantha C. Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm.

https://www.facebook.com/Firstgradescholar/

https://www.amazon.com/author/samanthacoleman

Summer is over and students are back in school. As an educator, it is important to have a plan. Not only does one need a plan, but there is a need for a strong formula that executes the target learning contents of that plan. There are so many resources and it is often overwhelming to choose something that works well for various teaching styles in a realistic classroom.

As an educator of 20 years within higher education, Primary and pre-primary combined one has learned many tips and tricks of the trade. As educators, we are a village and some villages charge for services and others offer resources for free. Work and plan within a budget. When funds are low, we often create specific items we need that target our specific classes.

Save money as an educator if possible. Never be afraid to create an original document. Use personalized creations until one can find something better. Network and brainstorm with other teachers and often resources and tips for success will be shared.

Be sure to save all plans on multiple drives, clouds or binders to use in future years. One would be surprised how many activities are added that are not initially included in the original first plans. Yet these extra activities enhance the main topic. Hold on to what works. At the end of the day, it is important that each lesson has a clear focus, objectives, a realistic schedule and all will fall into place. Have a great year! Onward!

Now that you know, get out there and go!

If you thought this blog was helpful to feel free to subscribe, share on social media!

Onward!

Written by

Mrs. Samantha Cooper-Coleman, M.Ed., M.S.Elm. Ed., Ed.d. (Abd)

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