Ms. Kim Martin

Ms. Kim Martin

Liberty High School

Missouri 

Teaching Motto: "It's not personal.  Whatever they say or do--it's not personal." 

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

Ms. Pearson. She told us to always do what we knew was right--listen to your heart and follow what you know. I was inspired to always do what I thought was right--no matter what others thought.

What are three things every teacher should own?

1.) Props--like a magic wand, a giant eraser (for BIG mistakes), a paper crown, stickers
2.) Extra writing instruments and paper
3.) A countdown clock so they know when to STOP talking

If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?

Gandhi. I think he was the original creator of No Child Left Behind. He was able to motivate and inspire without hurting anyone else.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?

Dog Whispering.  I think my job and the dog whispering are interchangeable.  I also think as I become a better dog whisperer, I would improve my own classroom skills.

Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.

I wrote a workshop on Japan for a project I was doing to go to Japan.  In the workshop, students learn about tsunamis, Japanese kanji, typical Japanese teenagers and their homes, teachers, as well as Asian vs. Western food.  They learn vocabulary that is commonly used as well as some Japanese words.  The workshop concludes with Japan Day where students are divided into four groups, and rotate through stations.  The stations are: making sushi, writing Haikus, writing Japanese calligraphy suitable for framing, and a station where students can try on traditional Japanese clothing and take pictures of each other as well as look at and handle Japanese artifacts.  This workshop is a huge success every time I do it.

What is the greatest misconception about teachers?

Teachers have to have total control all the time for learning to occur.  Sometimes the best lessons are the ones you don't plan.  My classroom often times looks chaotic but a lot of learning goes on.
 
What stereotype about teachers is true?

They are always trying to get something for free (usually for their classrooms) and they dress "frumpy." :-)

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I was a para in a behavior room and I discovered I could teach social skills to move kids out and help them learn necessary facts for tests by showing them how to make memory connections. Students began following me around like chicks.  It was then I thought I had a "better" way of teaching and a gift for helping students find their place.

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