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Jan 05 2012

Looking ahead to year 3

It’s the second semester of my second year, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have begun to seriously consider different options for employment/school next year. As I think about what I will be doing next year, there is one thing that scares me: will I be bored?
The one part of teaching I have appreciated 100% of the time is that it is never boring. I am always busy and am never sitting at a desk counting down the minutes until 5:00pm. The kids are entertaining, whether it’s for something good or bad, and I am always juggling a dozen different things at once.
Now I am looking into research assistant positions and waiting to hear back from PhD programs. I have a genuine fear: will I be bored?

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Sep 27 2011

Create your own adventure

The first-year science teacher on my team is having a really difficult time, just as I was this time last year. I stopped by her classroom after-school today to try and offer some suggestions and support. Sadly, for every idea I gave her about behavior management, she provided two reasons as to why that idea…

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Sep 04 2011

Transformational Teaching

My personal mission this year, in accord with TFA’s new “Transformational Teaching” approach, is to get my 8th graders into excellent high schools. I’ve started by asking parents and students about their high school plans. One of my students, Aubrey, is quiet in class other than occasionally raising her hand to answer a question. I…

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Aug 27 2011

Earthquakes and Hurricanes, oh my!

To my extreme relief, the first week of school is over. Two of my classes are going really well. And when I say really well, I mean REALLY really well: every child is meeting or exceeding both my behavior and academic expectations. The class is completely silent while I’m talking, kids are all seated and…

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Aug 17 2011

The ending and beginning

The end of the school year came with great excitement but little meaning. The key points of the short version are 1) my kids did OK on standardized testing but not stellar; 2) the administration was fired, again; 3) I never said goodbye to any of the kids because they went to their mid-week graduation…

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May 21 2011

A moment I want to remember

My school had a talent show on Friday, but only certain kids were allowed to attend (due to behavior). As a result, I only had about 8 kids in my class. (Only 10  were at the talent show– the others had decided to try and sneak in, which was fine with me because it meant…

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May 14 2011

At my school, we throw books out the window

I walked into my classroom Friday morning and noticed that an entire class set of textbooks was missing. It is my responsibility to keep track of the books, so I immediately sent a panicked e-mail to my department chair asking if she had taken them from my classroom.  She had not. In first mod, Taron…

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May 04 2011

Society’s Value on Reading vs. Math

I attended a discussion tonight about improving the Algebra curriculum in my school district. One facilitator particularly caught my attention with his insightful comments about the nation-wide differences between reading and math achievement, as resembled in both test scores and society’s value on each subject. “Parents read to their kids nightly, beginning with newborns and…

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There is a phenomenon common with kids in foster care where they cannot form a bond with their foster  parents. The child develops a natural mechanism to protect him from the pain of emotionally attaching to parents since he knows he will likely be moving to a new family a few months later: the mechanism…

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Mar 17 2011

How will it end?

I went home early yesterday due to intercepting pink eye from the bacterial incubator known as my classroom; I am home sick again today. Last night, as I miserably wiped away the green goo that oozed from my eyes and struggled to drink water or eat food due to a severe sore throat, I thought:…

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D.C. Region
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