Lee Gabor, M.Ed., is a national award winning educator. In August of 2002, she became a teacher at Silberstein Elementary School, Dallas ISD, Dallas, Texas. She had owned and operated her own business for 25 years before being drafted to teach. During the first week in the classroom of her Title 1 school, she was lecturing to students in the way she had learned to do. A 6th grader called her Ms. Ga-boring. She immediately knew lecturing would not work with her mostly second language students. Ms. Gabor sought help from other educators as well as put her creative right brain lobe to work. She came up with ideas for stuffed characters and robotic toys who would become the teachers in the classroom. She also borrowed all the computers she could for students to use for creating PowerPoint presentations and providing lessons to their classmates. This book outlines, with photographs, the many ideas used in her two 6th grade and two 5th grade classes. Hands-on activities, songs, and dances, and technology used also are described. Ms. Gabor bases the measurement of her success on the fact that, to her knowledge, only one of her students quit high school before graduating despite predictions that half would do so.
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About the Author
I am first and foremost inquisitive, always wanting to know what goes on globally and locally and wanting to understand WHY! Being a newspaper reporter was the career with which I began. Then, as a pianist and vocalist, I spent a number of years entertaining throughout the U.S. I also owned a talent agency during that time. After those 25 years, my next career was in public education, which was something I never intended to do. Getting "drafted" into teaching and the time I spent as an Academic Coordinator were very interesting and I do so love the students and teachers, administrators, and staff members I met. I'm very proud of our students. After six years, I left teaching and moved near my son and his family. I became a Master Gardener and Master Composter, joined local organizations, and have been able to enjoy more time with my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I am thrilled that my professional focus now is limited to writing. I will be publishing both fiction and non-fiction works and begin that in new venture in 2012.