Lisa Silmser

Joined Mar 1, 2016

  • Location: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Organization: Monroe Elementary School
  • Grade: 5th
  • Environment: Monroe Elementary School for Mathematics, Science and Children's Engineering in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Biography: There is so much joy in being a partner in the learning process that I can honestly say that I’m addicted to it; I am a teacher and I am grateful. I’ve been blessed to be an educator for over 20 years and I hope I’ve got another 20 still ahead! I have experience working with all ages and subjects, including teaching online with students with disabilities. But, my favorite students are always the ones I’m privileged to work with right now -- my students are the ingenious 5th graders at Monroe Elementary School and the hardworking graduate students at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Website/Blog: https://www.facebook.com/monroe5e5sd

Oct 4, 2017

Birthday Controversies

My school district has a Wellness Policy that strongly encourages the teachers to enforce restrictions on classroom treats and candy. The intention ...

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Aug 5, 2017

A Foundation of Community

I've been doing some research this summer on how important it is to build community in a classroom and in a school. When people feel like they belong ...

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Aug 4, 2017

Eclipse Nerds

I'm a mom and I'm a teacher. This means that I walk a very fine line between being a huge champion for learning and inspiring my children or ruining ...

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Sep 26, 2016

A Cyber Challenge to Fight Summer Slide

Last June, with just seven days left in the school year, my 5th grade colleague and I decided to do an experiment. We wondered what would happen if ...

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Sep 11, 2016

Sharing Jacob's Hope

This was the first week of school for me in Minnesota and Facebook was filled with beautiful images of children loved beyond measure standing at the ...

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Apr 25, 2016

Deep Purple Questions

This week the world lost a musical icon and it seems my whole state is in a purple haze of mourning. My students are generations beyond the days of ...

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Mar 24, 2016

Mini Books of Wonder

I sold ice to Eskimos today and I couldn't be more tickled by the outcome. The powers of marketing are not lost on me and I see everyday that the way ...

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Mar 21, 2016

Fountain of Yeast

I'm no spring chicken so I know that the days before and after an extended break from school can be pretty interesting. Some of the kiddos are so ...

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