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Education's "Great Teachers" Neighborhood Squid Angel

Updated on August 31, 2012

I'm Tandemonimom, and I'm the Squid Angel for the "Education: Great Teachers" Neighborhood!

I'm Tandemonimom - welcome to my Angel lens! Let me introduce myself. In my personal life, I am a stay-at-home mom, married 25 years, with four beautiful children (age 7 to 15) whom I homeschool. I also have a degree in elementary education.

My Squidoo persona has been creating lenses with Squidoo since July 2008; as you might imagine, I make a lot of lenses on homeschooling, parenting, and similar topics. I was granted Giant Squid status in April 2009 and published my 100th lens in September 2009. As of February 2011, I have published over 150 lenses and have received one Lens of the Day award, 18 Purple Star awards, and countless blessings from the many lovely Squid Angels floating about. I also have added two more Squidoo accounts for niche sales lenses.

Tandemonimom Angel artwork by my daughter!

How to Get a Tandemonimom Blessing

What I look for in blessing a lens:


The Squidoo Terms of Service are there for a reason. They are the rules. Follow them! No plagiarism. No spam. I will ding for that!


Do it differently! What can you do that no one else can do? What can you think of or create that no one has done before? Show me how creative you are and I'll bless you!


I love learning new things. If you can teach me something, or show me a better way, or introduce me to a concept I never thought of before, I will appreciate it.


A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Use lovely images and place them thoughtfully to counterpoint your text. Stop and look it over again to see how they meld.


I'm a sucker for a lens that can really make me laugh!


Please! Add an intro picture for the lens, and add your bio and bio photo. Change the default module titles and don't leave empty modules. Guestbooks are always a nice touch!


One thing follows another. Don't give me a headache by jumping from one topic or concept to another. Flow with it.


You probably ought to know that I am a proofreader and editor by trade. So you may be sorry to hear that I will really notice your typos and grammatical errors - I can't help seeing them! But remain calm ... I assure you I understand (and even sometimes commit!) the occasional typographical error, and that won't stop me from blessing. However, though I won't ding you for it, it will be very difficult to get a blessing from me if your lens is full of misspellings, grammatical errors, and poor punctuation.

Blow me away! I know you can do it!

Examples of Superlative Teaching Lenses


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    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Excellent tips ... you are one fantastic Angel!

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      TeacherRenee 6 years ago

      Thanks for your bullet points on what makes a quality lens. So helpful for us newbies! I joined squidoo last week and already published a few education related lenses (I'm a former kindergarten teacher!). I'd love for you to visit them and let me know if I'm on the right track in how to create quality lenses. Thanks again for this great lens.

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      I work in higher education and warmly support all teachers. Busy working on an elementary school lens (w.i.p.) here fro Squidoo.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Great criteria for judging and blessing of lens creativity!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I like your criteria for blessing!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      You wear your wings wonderfully, Carma.

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      LOVE that you tell writers/lensmakers some key points to follow!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      As a Neighborhood Angel myself, this made a great read. **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Looking forward to meeting the Great Teachers that you find!

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      I really like the layout of this article (lens). The new template is perfect for your neighborhood. A very good choice. Will be visiting often to see what lens you have blessed. Hope to learn new things along the way.