Author Archive: Cheryl Brooks
Cheryl Brooks is the resident Educator for Family Guiding. After forty years in the classroom, Cheryl Brooks has mastered the art of marrying teaching with creativity. Of the many skills Ms. Brooks honed during her extensive teaching experience, she is most appreciated and known for her successes teaching second language learners and children with Individualized Education Plans to read. Ms. Brooks attributes her successes to being effective engaging and motivating children to want to read. Later in her career, she applied her engagement and motivation strategies when training teachers to implement evidenced-based reading curriculums in their classrooms. Upon retirement, Ms. Brook’s will be remembered for her uncanny ability to improve the literacy of even the most challenged learners who struggle with difficulties concentrating, impulsivity, and English fluency. What is even more impressive is that Cheryl Brooks raised three children and supported them in becoming successful adults while educating others and maintaining her reputation as a renowned aerobics teacher.
Celebrating the December holidays in my classroom is a time to think of others. I want my students to develop a sense of responsibility for the community that surrounds them. What better way to model this behavior then by having activities centered around doing for others. Read more »
Since becoming a retired grandma I’ve taken up listening to books on tape. I’ve become a junkie for historical fiction. I decided to go back to some of the classics and when I did I pictured my grandmother and my mother in the era of the depression, finding myself appreciating their survival skills in an [...]
The weather has certainly been hot in sunny California. Cooling my temperature is as simple as a flick of a switch, a turn of a faucet, or a dive into refreshing water. Cooling off in the classroom or with your children is not as easy. In my classroom, I establish an environment where students maintain [...]
Even though June marks the halfway point of the calendar year, it’s the month that marks the culmination of a school year for educators, parents and students. Students find themselves graduating into the next phase of their education. [...]
What is mental health? Can you see it? Can you hear it? Can you feel it? If its not working, can it be fixed? In my 39 years of teaching, I have learned to recognize typical student behavior traits; traits that can be easily managed with a positive reward system and sometimes, a little extra [...]
“Why should we worry about our earth?” This is a question I hear from many of my students whenever I do a lesson around celebrating Mother Earth and teaching children how to be kind to her. I believe that teaching children from a young age [...]
In education our fiscal year ends in spring. This is when the blooming of knowledge and concepts are practiced and measured. Testing provides a picture of each student’s knowledge for teachers, parents, students and the government to evaluate…
I believe it’s never too early to educate children on the in’s and out’s of money. In my classroom I adopted a system in which students could experience the coming and going of money, including the calculations and the responsibility that acquiring money entails.
Winter is the time of year when educators find themselves indoors with very active students, as recess and lunch schedules are washed away with wintry days. Wiggly bodies filled with extra energy must be occupied and educated. When the weather outside is frightful, there is no break for those of us who have students or children. [...]
It’s very hard to teach children the true meaning of the holiday season when my brain is bombarded with shopping frenzies, such as desirable gifts, décor and the newest toys. I look around me and it’s seems I am not the only one; we all want more! In the classroom I’ve used the book, The [...]
A teacher must orchestrate smooth transitions from one subject to the next and from one activity to another while maintaining a fluid and efficient order. Over my many years I have tried a variety of techniques for transitioning students, such as waiting until all students realize it’s time to change and requesting, “all eyes on [...]