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Oct 29 2013

test[ed]

Knee-deep in a full week of testing, I am grateful that my kids finished their English exams today, meaning the pressure has been taken off (for the rest of this week at least). We got our preliminary scores back already. Both my co-planner and I beat the district average for the multiple choice section –…

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Oct 24 2013

the end of October is approaching…

…and with it, the lure of Thanksgiving and a respite from teacher life burns brighter. I’ve really been feeling October these past few days. not quite sure why. What set me over the edge tonight was an email full of action items and things that need to get done; of course, my progress on these…

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Oct 16 2013

do kids need to enter a room silently?

I’m throwing this question out there and I want your feedback. Here’s the scenario: Every day, my kids line up outside my room on the crowded deck (my school has no buildings, as I’ve discussed) and patiently wait to be let in. I open the door, greet them with a smile and some brief conversation,…

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Oct 10 2013

October Sky

“Black October.” “Sucktober.” “Awfultober.” I hear these phrases all around me, and even TFA is passive-aggressively sending me emails teaching me how to distinguish between the “normal October blues,” disillusionment, and depression. I know that many people do deal with these issues, and that they are completely subjected to the difficulties of dealing with administration,…

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Oct 06 2013

Technological Impediment

About two months ago I attended a district-wide assembly of teachers and staff. The assembly was to boost morale and get everyone pumped for the new year, as well as show off some of the “great things” happening in our district. One of these “greats” is a technology project that gives every student the opportunity…

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Sep 30 2013

settling in

It’s this time of year that always gets to me, when fall, when there’s just the slightest bit of crisp in the air. Let’s be real here. This is Houston. We don’t have seasons, really, but I grew up in Kansas and now I latch onto the slightest little bit of fall I can possibly…

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Sep 28 2013

Reflection on an e-Learning Initiative

Share your thoughts and ideas about the e-learning initiative you are developing.  Have you selected a topic yet, and if so, what is it and why did you choose this particular initiative?  What knowledge or skills do you bring to designing the initiative?   If you haven’t selected an initiative, what are you considering? My initiative…

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Sep 28 2013

What does Institute do, exactly?

As Institute recedes farther and farther into the distance, as the memories of those five weeks get wispier and wispier, I’ve found myself thinking back and wondering – why was I at Institute? What did it do for me? Did it do the things it was supposed to do for me? And I don’t mean…

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Sep 22 2013

The Other End of the Spectrum

We spend a lot of time with TFA discussing minorities and their role in the organization. A post just came out last week stating that 14% of TFA’s corps members this year are African American, a 7% growth since last year. In my affinity group discussion yesterday, we talked some about this. When I was…

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Sep 22 2013

I have been a teacher for six weeks.

I have been a teacher for six weeks and there are millions and millions of things I don’t know how to do, be, say, or teach. The immensity of what I still have yet to figure out seems to stretch on forever, and in its shadow, I feel like I’ll forever stay.   We had…

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