Latest posts from Connecticut

Jul 15 2012

It’s good to be back

It has been such a long time since I’ve looked at and thought about this blog.  It actually makes me kind of sad to think that I had started writing so ambitiously and then gotten caught up in the day to day chaos that I didn’t take time to actually reflect on my progress.  I’m…

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Mar 15 2012

In Praise of Praise

One problem with young, talented teachers: Retention. It’s hard to get good teachers to stay in the classroom. (Part of this may be generational. Company loyalty is kind of an unknown concept to people my age.) Teach For America gets frequent harassment over the two-year commitment. I would point out, though, that the ability to…

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Last night I gave testimony at our school’s charter renewal hearing. Some sub-committee on charters from the state department of education is trying to decide if they will allow us to keep operating. It’s maybe not as dire as it sounds; they will almost certainly renew the charter. It is now a question of the…

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Mar 09 2012

continuously inspired

At one of our most recent staff meetings, we were asked a series of questions regarding our opinions on what it meant to be a leader. One of the questions asked us to consider whether or not we agreed with the following statement: It is better to lead with your head rather than your heart.…

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Mar 08 2012

think before you speak. . .

Black Students Face More Discipline, Data Suggests Overall, African-American students were three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/education/black-students-face-more-harsh-discipline-data-shows.html   The Trouble With Humiliating Teachers Making rankings public undermines the trust educators need to build collaborative teams. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203458604577263603261494594.html

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Mar 08 2012

a different pov

Some will undoubtedly argue that my opinion is biased, and without jumping into a philosophical discussion regarding the inherent biases of all those who read any of the blog entries on this site, I will acknowledge that I am an ’06 alumni who now works on staff. Without going into my underlying motivations for creating this…

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Feb 16 2012

74 Days

Seventy-four days and my teaching career will be over. Out of the 1186 days that have already passed, it is but a wisp. About 740 hours left out of the approximately 10,000 hours that I will put in total. I haven’t decided how I feel. It’s almost like knowing which day you are going to…

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Feb 12 2012

Week of the Papercut

I appear to have been working in a paper factory this week. I amassed no fewer than four paper cuts in extremely inconvenient places on both hands – on my finger joints, right in the middle of the fleshy part of my hand, both thumbs, on my cuticles, etc. These aren’t ordinary slivers, either; these…

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Feb 03 2012

Chasing Cars

I told Facebook; now the only place left to tell is my blog, my sadly neglected little blog: I’ve been accepted to law school – UConn and University of Oklahoma. Everyone expects me to be overjoyed; I expected me to be overjoyed. But I feel like the dog who chases cars. He wouldn’t have any…

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Nov 09 2011

Carry Me, Connecticut

My desert-island song might be “Carry Me, Ohio” by Sun Kil Moon (aka Mark Kozelek); that is, the one song that I could potentially listen to for the rest of my life and nothing else. The song has these repetitive arpeggiated chords that give it a hypnotic quality, like train wheels on old tracks. The…

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