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    Snoop Dogg helps with 4th-grade math

    Date: 07.20.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Megan Marie Allen has a unique approach to teaching her 4th-grade class. As she says, “anything to get them interested in the subjects.” Like wearing military fatigues when the kids are doing writing drills.

    The 30-year-old teacher at Cleveland Elementary in Tampa, Florida, also uses popular songs to hold their attention. Her students dance to “Drop the Decimal Like It’s Hot” – a take-off on a Snoop Dogg rap hit.

    Megan Allen

    Ms. Allen has taught in at-risk schools, participated in community service projects, and keeps a kid-friendly classroom. In July, 2009, she was named Florida’s Teacher of the Year. The competition is sponsored by Macy’s and she received $10,000.00 from the company and a trip in November to New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    The runners-up each received $5,000.00 and a Macy’s gift card. They were Melissa Reiker, Patricia Fairclough, Emily Barbacci, and Marilynn Pedek. Congratulations, ladies. Maybe we’ll see a male teacher in the finals next year?

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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