Meet the Teacher

Hi!!  I'm Mrs. Saoud



Tell Me A Little Something About Yourself:
I am born and raised in Florida.  I'm 33 years old and married to a wonderful man.  We have four kids of the animal variety.


I married my husband on Little Palm Island, 10 miles from the coast of the Florida Keys.The ceremony took place at sunset on Easter Sunday.  How appropriate, NEW BEGINNINGS! 


The whole day was a fairy tale!!

 
Here is our family

Meakah

Baya

Bagheera

Brady

Living along the Atlantic Coast, I love taking advantage of it's rich beauty.  Whether its lounging on the pontoon boat or jumping the waves on a personal water craft, my husband and I enjoy hanging out on the water.  





How Long Have You Been Teaching:
This is my seventh year of teaching.  I'm excited to remain on second grade for my 2nd year.


What Might You Not Know About Me:
Crossfit workouts are what put me to sleep at night (and a little blogging).  Crossfit is designed as a full body explosive.  The principal strength and conditioning program  was originally designed for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.  The program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive.  My husband is a law enforcement officer and CrossFit has taken over our lives!


What Have You Learned From Teaching:
Create an Ouch Pouch.  Unless it's a gusher, kids realize they really DON'T want to write about their ouch before receiving a bandaid. (P.S.  They don't have to ask, they just write and receive...NICE).

Tell kids what you think you might forget.  They WILL remind you at least 100 times before the end of the day!

On the flip side, DON'T inform if you CAN'T follow through.  They WILL remind you at least 100 times each day of the week until the end of the school year!

Rubrics Change Everything!  Embrace, Create, and Teach THEM. Results will follow!!!

Students will cut, poke, tear, or loose their eraser.  I  now cut the pink erasers in half at the start of the school year.

Allow students to take ownership of their learning and make decisions on what or how they learn.  The rewards will exceed your expectations. 

Hand a student a FLIP, Camera, or Video Recorder and allow them to capture their classroom in their perspective.  It will teach you a thing or two and GUARANTEE a GIGGLE.

Art is soothing to ALL.  Add more projects to your curriculum. 

Anticipate 20 minutes but Plan for 30!






9 comments:

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

I love all of the reminders at the end of this post!! They are all so true :)

Beautiful wedding pictures too...

Mrs. Wristbridge said...

I am a HUGE Cross Fit fan, too. I wrote it on mine link, too. It truly changed my opinion on working out.

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A MilShelb Mom said...

I love this intro and I have been looking for a workout... so I am going to check into this Crossfit thing.
Thanks!
~Maggie

meghan said...

Um, ouch pouch? Best idea ever! I won't run out of bandaids every week! Thanks for sharing what you've learned! ~meg

Miss Reeve said...

Great ideas!!! Thanks!!

Jenn
Life of a Kinder Teacher

Kim said...

That is so true...I have the worst memory and I'm always telling my kids to remind me of something, ha! I'd love to know more about what you have the students recording...just random stuff or lessons??

Mrs. Saoud said...

Kim,

I have a few of their videos in my technology label on the side bar. They are too cute!

Cheryl

Ms.M said...

I am jealous of the pictures on the jet skis. I miss them. I used to you out every weekend on them. They were a blast.

Ms. M
Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

Mrs.M said...

Love this, friend! Beautiful pictures and you are so right on with your advice!