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About the Teacher
Mrs. Lieschen Johnson is a 6th grade Technology Applications teacher at Brabham Middle School. While this is her fourth year in Willis, she is not new to education. Mrs. Johnson has been teaching for more than 25 years, and is thrilled to be a Wildkat!

Mrs. Johnson graduated from McCullough High School in The Woodlands, TX. She then attended Baylor and earned a BS in Education with Math and Business majors. Later she attended the University of North Texas and earned two Master's degrees concurrently in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems and Secondary Education.

Mrs. Johnson has been married to her husband for twenty-eight wonderful years. The Johnsons have three amazing children: Tommy, Lilly, and Matthew. Her oldest child is a WHS graduate and freshman at Tarleton.  The other two children are proud Wildkats and attend WHS and LLMS. The Johnsons reside in Willis and are very active in the community. They can most often be found at WYAA playing baseball.

Schedule:

1st period: Robotics  
2nd period: Conference
3rd period: Tech Apps 
4th period:Tech Apps  
5th period: Robotics
6th period: Tech Apps  
7th period: Robotics  

Tutorials/Make-ups/Extra Practice:
Mondays & Thursdays as needed

Conference Period: 8:39 - 9:29 AM.
Please call or email for an appointment
Email Address: ljohnson@willisisd.org
Office Phone: 936-890-2312


 

Recent Posts

Week at a Glance 11/13 - 11/17

Reminders

There will be a faculty/student volleyball game on Friday, November 17.  The cost is $1.


Tech Apps

This week, students will be working on the letters B and U. After this week, students will know 22 of the 26 letters in the alphabet! Our next typing test is anticipated to be Friday of this week. During the digital citizenship focus part of our day, we will be discussing tips related to online shopping.


Robotics

Last week, students began learning to code their robots and completed several challenges. This week they have a Patrol challenge. We will talk about how robots are used to patrol various areas. Students will then program their robot to “patrol” certain paths.  In honor of our recent celebration of Veteran’s Day, students choosing to complete the bonus challenge will dress their robots as a member of the armed forces and have it play the appropriate song.


Attendance Reminder!


Daily attendance is very important as it is a leading indicator for student success. Please help by having your student to school on time every day.


Follow BMS on Twitter @BrabhamBobkats

Week at a Glance 11/6 - 11/10

Tech Apps

This week, students will be working on the letters G and Y; they will also learn to type the comma. After this week, students will know 20 of the 26 letters in the alphabet! Our next typing test is anticipated to be Monday or Tuesday of next week. We will continue to discuss digital citizenship issues and students will play some role playing games to practice responding to challenging situations.


Robotics

Last week, students built their first robot using the Lego Mindstorms kits. This week students will begin learning to program their robots to perform specific tasks. It is going to be an exciting week.


Attendance Reminder!


Daily attendance is very important as it is a leading indicator for student success. Please help by having your student to school on time every day.


Follow BMS on Twitter @BrabhamBobkats

Week at a Glance 10/30 - 11/3

Reminders

November 1 - Picture Day - order forms link on BMS web page



Tech Apps

This week, students will be working on the letters W, M, and C; they will also learn to type the question mark. Our next typing test is anticipated to be Monday or Tuesday of next week. We will continue to discuss cyberbullying and talk about positive action students can take to address these situations. We will also take a little time Tuesday to play custom typing games and do a few fun activities with a Halloween theme.


Robotics

Last week, students worked on writing directions for a variety of activities. They had a chance to be both the programmer and the robot.  This week we will learn about some robots programmed to go trick or treating. Then we will begin building and programming our first robot using the Lego Mindstorms kits. It is going to be an exciting week.

Week at a Glance 10/23 - 10/27

Reminders

This week is Red Ribbon Week - see schedule below

November 1 - Picture Day



Tech Apps

This week, students will be working on the letters H, E, and P. This month is also National Bullying Prevention month. Cyberbullying is a technology based problem that teens encounter online.  This week we will be discussing cyberbullying including ways to address the problem when it happens to themselves or others. Students will be encouraged to be an Upstander rather than a Bystander; they will be encouraged to take a stand against bullying rather than passively allowing it to happen to another person.  


Robotics

Last week, students competed with their poster coasters, completed a formal project write-up, and read about some ways robotics is impacting our world.  This week, they will edit their write-ups, watch a video clip about an engineer who builds roller coasters, and then begin focusing on providing directions. We will focus this week on providing detailed, step-by-step directions; this is critical as we head toward programming our robots. We will have some hands-on activities that will help underscore the importance of getting the details correct.  ***We need needle nosed pliers for an activity at the end of the week.  If you have a pair you could loan for a few days, please send it at the beginning of the week.***


****Robotics parents, please help! I know many of you completed that back to school paperwork, perhaps more than once.  One third of all students have not turned that paperwork in!  Please help us encourage your child to get that paperwork turned in.  -- THANK YOU!


Red Ribbon Week Themes:

Monday:  "Sock it to drugs"  (wear crazy socks)

Tuesday:  "Have some character-don't do drugs"  (dress up like a movie or book character)

Wednesday:  "Orange you glad your aren't a bully" (wear orange)

Thursday:  Are you Red-y to put an end to drugs" (wear red)

Friday:  "Wildkats just say NO" (wear Wildkat spirit shirts/colors)



Attendance Reminder!


Daily attendance is very important as it is a leading indicator for student success. Please help by having your student to school on time every day.


Follow BMS on Twitter @BrabhamBobkats

Week at a Glance 10/16 - 10/20

Reminders

October 17 - Bobkat Time begins

October 18 - Are You Smarter than a Middle Schooler - 5:30 - 6:30 pm

November 1 - Picture Day



Tech Apps

This week students will be taking their typing test over unit 3: the O, R, and N keys as well as the shift keys.   They will then begin learning the letters H, E, and P. This week is also Digital Citizenship Week.  Students will get an overview of what it means to be a digital citizen and will discuss using technology in both responsible and appropriate ways. Additionally, students will be creating a ToonDoo for self expression.


Robotics

Last week students designed and built their poster coasters.  This week they will give a final presentation where they will demonstrate that their marble will ride the rails of the coaster and land safely in the cup at the end.  Following the presentations, students will create a write-up of the project where they will explain the steps of the engineering design process and how that connects back to the roller coasters that they designed.

Week at a Glance 10/9 - 10/13

Reminders

Picture Day has been rescheduled for November 1st.

Friday, October 13th is the end of the grading period. All makeup work needs to be in before that time for all classes.


Tech Apps

This week students will refine their skills with the letters O, R, and N. They are also be learning to correctly use the shift keys to make capital letters while maintaining hand balance.They are now be able to type properly structured sentences that begin with a capital letter and end with a period. At this point, students can type about 50% of the alphabet without looking! Please continue to ask your child what his or her goal is that they are working on:  speed or accuracy.  Follow up a day or two later to see how they are coming on their goals. Your involvement encourages them to push themselves!



Robotics

Last week we enjoyed some design competitions and had a little fun building.  This week we will be building with a purpose. We will use this build to revisit engineering design process. The project itself is a major grade, but the students will also be rated on their teamwork skills. Each team has written their own set of rules for how they need to interact within the team and help with the creative process.  Please help encourage your child to do his or her part toward the team goals. It can be rewarding and exciting to work with others; it can also be frustrating when some people don’t meet their responsibilities.  Consider sharing your own life experiences related to these joys and challenges with your child. Your wisdom and insight might give them ideas of how to approach their own situations.

Week at a Glance 10/2 - 10/6

Reminder

Picture Day has been rescheduled for November 1st.



Tech Apps

This week students will be taking their typing test over unit 2: the I, T, and period keys.  Then they will begin learning the letters O, R, and N. They will also learn to properly use the shift keys in order to make capital letters.  They will now be able to type properly structured sentences that begin with a capital letter and end with a period.  In addition, students will continue to work on their creative project in ToonDoo; it is due on Friday.



Robotics

Students teams will be issued their team’s robotics kit this week. They will take inventory of their kits and submit a list of missing parts. The remainder of the week will be spent in some design challenges. The first two will be using their kits for the first time, finally! (We are ALL excited about that!!)  Then we will set the kits aside and complete a theme park related design challenge. It will be a great week of hands-on learning and creative thinking.

Week at a Glance 9/25 - 9/29

 

Announcements

Open House is Wednesday, September 27th from 5:30 - 7:00.  Please come by and visit with your child’s teachers; we would love to see you.  In order to make parking available to all families, we are asking that you try to follow this schedule:

   5:30 - 6th grade families, 5:50 - 7th grade families, 6:20 - 8th grade families

 

Picture Day has been rescheduled for November 1st.



Tech Apps

At the end of the week last week, students took their first typing test.  They are now beginning their second unit of typing where they will learn the keys I, T, and the period key.  Students will set up their Typing Club accounts this week; it is a great way to work ahead in keyboarding.  There are also drill sheets on my website if students are looking for extra practice.



Robotics

Students have continued to work in design teams and  improve their communication skills.This week they focused on strategies to build cooperation. This next week, we will begin a build using all of those toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes that I have been seeking. If you have some to contribute, please send them.  I will tell you more about the build next week; I’d like to surprise them with the project. It will definitely be fun and challenging.  Here’s a hint:  students will design something found in amusement parks all over the world.

Week at a Glance 9/18-9/22

Tech Apps

Last week, we began keyboarding by learning the home row keys: a, s, d, f, j, k, l, and semicolon. This week we will use the data provided from skills checks to set personal goals for keyboarding improvement. Please ask your child how they are doing and what their goals are. I am proud of the growth they are experiencing, and I am excited to see where they will be by then end of the week. Toward the end of this week, students will take their first typing test.  Students will be given more than once chance to keyboard the material, and their best effort will be the one recorded as a major grade. They will continue working on an on-going project in ToonDoo, and they will begin the second unit in keyboarding.

 

Robotics

Students will continue to develop their skills as team members.  Design teams will establish a team contract that will detail what they expect of their members. They will continue to practice communications skills and to implement a system for tracking components. This past week, the students spent time discussing the qualities of a good teammate and how to approach a teammate who isn’t doing their part. If you have had experiences working on a team, please consider sharing both your positive and negative experiences with your child. Give them ideas of ways that this connects to your life experiences in the world of work.

Week at a Glance 9/11 - 9/15

Welcome back! It was great to see all of my students once again.


Tech Apps

We will begin keyboarding this week. Students will research careers that use keyboarding. In addition, they will investigate reasons that posture is an important health and safety issue related to keyboarding. They will also learn to touch type the home row keys: a, s, d, f, j, k, l, and semicolon (;). On Friday students will have two quizzes:  one on posture, and one on professional email standards and etiquette. Students will also continue their work on an on-going project in ToonDoo, a web-based cartoon making program.


Robotics

We have been discussing the engineering design process and have completed two building projects. This week will be focusing on implementing a system to identify and track all components of a robot. We will also practice communication skills as each student serves as team member. We will continue to discuss the engineering design process, and students will have a quiz on that process on Friday.



***** I need cardboard paper towel tubes for a class project.  Your trash would be my treasure! Please send any cardboard paper towel tubes, wrapping paper tubes, etc.

Week at a Glance 8/21 - 8/25

 

Welcome back to school.  We are glad your child is here!  


This is an overview of the week’s activities.


Tech Apps

Monday - solar eclipse research

Tuesday - Google classroom, word cloud

Wednesday - professional vs person email

Thursday - email and email etiquette

Friday - introduction to  keyboarding, word cloud


Robotics

Monday -  solar eclipse research

Tuesday - paper tower building challenge, part 2

Wednesday - engineering design process

Thursday - spaghetti and marshmallow challenge

Friday - spaghetti and marshmallow challenge


Work will normally be completed in class; under normal circumstances a student will not have homework in either Tech Apps or Robotics. If a student has missed class or fallen behind for some reason, then they may need a little time outside of class to get caught up on their work.  If so, they may work at home, come before school to my room, or stay after school.



***** I need cardboard paper towel tubes for a class project.  Your trash would be my treasure! Please send any cardboard paper towel tubes, wrapping paper tubes, etc.

UltraKey for Home Use

A number of parents have inquired about purchasing our keyboarding program (UltraKey) for home use.   You can purchase it directly from the company at the following address:  https://secure.bytesoflearning.com/storehttps://secure.bytesoflearning.com/store

 

The program is usually about $40, but they have given Brabham parents a discount code to use to receive 40% off.  During the checkout  process use the following coupon code:  Brabham4429

 

Students are not required to purchase the program.  This offer is for those who wish to benefit from additional practice at home.  Students may also stay after school and get extra practice on Mondays and Thursday.  Also students may practice keyboarding at home by using the drill sheets found on my web page.  These drill sheets coincide with the lessons we are doing in class and are taken from the sentences used during typing tests in class.