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Sue Gober

Sue Gober is a Professor and the Director of Professional Laboratory Experiences for the School of Education, University of Mobile.

She is a former kindergarten teacher and now college professor who sends teachers-in-training into the nation’s public and private schools every day. She is passionate about the need to prepare the next generation of teachers for the ever-changing challenges they will face in the classroom. She is just as passionate about the need for students to be taught by educators who are creative thinkers and make learning come alive.

Gober, who has an Ed.D. from the University of Houston, is the author of “Six Simple Ways to Assess Young Children,” a guidebook for educators filled with practical ways to tie assessment to accountability in teaching children. She is also department chair for elementary and secondary education programs in the University of Mobile School of Education. Sue Gober can be reached at

Entries by Sue Gober

Top 5 Essential Skills for Teachers

(7) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 3:45 PM

I sent an email to all of my student teachers recently, asked them to please hit reply, and then quickly list the five most important soft skills needed by teachers. Immediately I received several reply emails that read, "What are soft skills?"

Oh goodness, I thought... "WHAT are soft skills?"...

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Top 10 Guide to Professional Dress for Student Teachers

(12) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:47 PM


University of Mobile School of Education requires student teachers to dress professionally as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Are you student teaching this semester? A quick look in the mirror might be the most important thing you do all day.

As director...

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A Teacher's Supply List: A Rug, a Lamp, and a Plant

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 2:12 PM


I asked a group of elementary and secondary students this question: "What should teachers be doing right now to get ready for the first day of school?"

Their answers may surprise you as much as they surprised me. These are...

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The Trinity, 'Heavyn,' and an 8-Year-Old

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 10:47 PM

I was helping my granddaughter Peyton clean out her closet the summer after third grade when we found an old school project toward the bottom of the pile. Her teacher had assigned the students a "book writing project" where students could write about any topic. Peyton chose to write about...

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When It Pays to Think Inside the Box

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:02 AM

Last summer my granddaughter, Brooke, played in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina. It is by invitation only to golfers around the world ages 7-12 years old and is played early in August. Brooke played in the 9-year-old girls division, and that meant nine holes each...

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A Letter to First-Year Teachers

(8) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Dear First-Year Teachers,

If you are reading this blog, you just survived your first year as a teacher. Congratulations! School is out, summer calls and the beach beckons, but your work isn't over... not yet! If you're like most first-year teachers -- including me -- not every day was a...

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Life Lessons From a 4-Year-Old

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Have you ever learned one of life's greatest lessons from a 4-year-old? I had the privilege of doing just that when I dropped my granddaughter, Peyton, off for preschool at Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Ala.

We walked down the long hallway and, just as we approached her classroom, I...

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Red Solo Cup, I Lift You Up

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:55 PM

When I was a doctoral student at the University of Houston, I took a class from Dr. Jerome Freiberg. At the beginning of the first class, there were markers and tongue depressors on the tables. He asked each of us to write our names on the sticks and then put...

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Lessons Learned in a College Classroom: Call Me By Name... Please?

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Let me set the scene: End of the semester. Busy students. Busy professors. Missed work is due -- in some cases, past due.

True story pulled from my many years of teaching in different university settings -- and one I am afraid is all too common in higher education:...

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The Power of a Three-by-Five Index Card

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 5:18 PM

"My mom is in the process of divorcing my dad and I have not accepted it yet. Also, I am usually pretty quiet, introspective and a deep thinker" was the handwritten message on the three-by-five index card I read that evening following the first meeting of my Foundations of Education...

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