Author Bio

Following her high school graduation from Sabetha, KS, Lisa Suhr attended Emporia State University in Kansas earning a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Science.  She later earned a Masters Degree from Emporia State as well in the field of Instructional Design and Technology.  She has 15 years experience as a classroom teacher including middle school science, high school beginning level technology, and 4th grade.  She also worked as program instructor for the Kansas STARBASE program in Topeka, a program of the Department of Defense that promotes math, science, technology and personal goal-setting to students in grades 4 – 6.  She is currently employed as an technology integration specialist in the Prairie Hills school district in Sabetha, Kansas.

10 thoughts on “Author Bio

  1. Scott Brownlee

    Lisa,
    The thinkfinity site looks great, thanks for bringing it to our attention. I plan on trying out the link for writing essays with my students the next time we work on speeches in class.

  2. Phil Figgs

    This has been a productive day! As always, there is more good information out there than my brain can hold at one sitting!!
    I hope we can find ways to make the multi-tiered interventions work for us. I understand the need for extra assistance for students who are falling behind, but I worry about finding the time to pull them out for more instruction. When a student has a low level of motivation — very likely fed by low self-esteem — should we pull him out of his art or music class, perhaps the only time of the day when he is experiencing some personal success? I recognize that we don’t have many options because there are only so many hours in the school day, and we can’t very well pull a student out of one core class for remedial help in another. That said, I think we will have to be careful not to deprive students of the only part of the day where they might feel good about themselves for a few minutes by filling that time with more of whatever frustrates them the most and makes them feel the most inadequate. What do you think?

  3. ljsuhr Post author

    Great, Pete. Thanks for commenting. If you haven’t gone all the way back to the post on Google Maps…be sure to look at it. I have some ideas on using Google Maps for Kansas History if you’d ever want to work together to experiment. Shoot me an email if it sounds fun!

  4. ljsuhr Post author

    Yes…Thinkfinity is a powerful resource. Well worth taking the time to learn to use the search tool. The content actually comes from well-respected “partner sites,” so once you find a resource, you can bookmark it and use it directly without going through Thinkfinity itself. But it is definitely a good one to use. Thanks for your comment! Come back and post again to tell how it goes using the resources for essay writing!

  5. ljsuhr Post author

    Phil,
    I can tell that you care about kids and know that they all find their self-esteem in different ways! I agree that finding the best time to work with students who may need extra time will be a challenge. I hope that as your building makes decisions regarding the MTSS procedures it will implement, you’ll be willing to contribute these same comments to your staff discussions.

    Extra time is really only way that you might approach meeting those kids’ needs. If it truly is a motivational issue for some students…maybe a new/different rewards system should be sought out….maybe our consequences for doing poorly should be reconsidered (removing privileges until they’ve been earned back??)….maybe there should be remedial or intermediate core classes in which students should be placed if we KNOW they won’t be successful…maybe we should look at class size and place students in the second and third tiers purposefully in classes where the teacher will have more time for individualized instruction. These are just a few my ideas on MTSS! Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

  6. ljsuhr Post author

    Thanks, Connie. It is cool to experiment and it is especially cool to think about how it could help to increase communication within our district and especially how it might help motivate students and meet diverse learning styles! Thanks for taking time to comment!

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