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May 04 2014

Open Letters To ‘B-List’ Reformers I Know. Part 3: Michael Petrilli

With social media, I suppose I can say that I ‘know’ someone if we’ve sent tweets to each other over the years.  This is the case with Michael Petrilli.  He is executive vice president of The Fordham Institute, and, according to his bio on their site, he is “one of the nation’s most trusted education…

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May 20 2014

Don’t Give Up

Today wan’t perfect.  I had to throw out two students.  But it was a great day simply because I have amazing students.  I sometimes complain.  I sometimes post something terrible that happened at work on facebook to make light of the situation or entertain my loved ones.  But really that doesn’t accurately represent how very much I…

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Apr 26 2014

STAAR results & moving on.

We got our STAAR results back! Of the 85 students I teach, 6 failed (though they are the hardest-working and more incredible students know), meaning 93% of my kiddos passed. I cried of happiness and relief and freedom when I opened the email in the teacher’s lounge one sunny afternoon last week. And then minutes…

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Apr 25 2014

Where I get stoked to move back to the Midwest

Alright the title is a bit of a stretch, but whatever.  I’m trying to keep the continuity of it all, but I don’t know how long that will last.  Anyways, I am just itching to get back to the Midwest and into a more urban/populized(if that’s a word) setting.  After nine months of rural living,…

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Apr 25 2014

My visit to New Orleans

Follow this link to get to the post on my new blog location. Unfortunately, teachforus.org is not being maintained anymore so it has been crashing for about three months.  I do think that TFA is behind this, but I don’t want to waste energy writing about it. If you subscribe to this blog, please subscribe…

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Apr 18 2014

Kick, Push, Kick, Push, Coast

It’s Good Friday, and Friday is Good. I am here at the cafe, KP waiting for me to go on a run at her apartment. About to pack up my things, to do list for tomorrow made, coffee drained. It’s beautiful outside, 70s forecast for the week. Sandals on, toes painted, hair back, sun shining.…

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Apr 16 2014

Arne Debunkin’

A little over three years ago, I first encountered Arne Duncan when he spoke at the TFA 20 year alumni summit and described the miracle school Urban Prep.  He implied that this school had a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate, which inspired me to investigate this clam leading to my very…

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Apr 11 2014

The Final Report

This will probably be my last blog for TeachForUs.  It has been three months since I left teaching and TFA.  As I wrote previously, I had a family problem that required us to re-engineer our lives to save our son.  Since moving to Oklahoma, he went off the deep end and we had to act…

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Apr 09 2014

Going beyond “Hands-On”

I have had some proud moments with my kids in the past week or so.  Why? Yesterday, as my students in 1B were building solar ovens, one student, with his hands full of plastic wrap and working together with two other people to try to get the plastic wrap to go around their oven just…

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Apr 08 2014

THE DAY OF TESTING

The tests have arrived. In perfectly aligned little rows, five rows of five, they test. They test and test and test. Not one, but four reading passages: eight multiple choice, one open response. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Why the choice is made to put ALL FOUR reading tests on one day and ALL FOUR math tests…

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