Latest posts from Delaware

May 13 2012

Standardized Testing: OVER!!

My students took their last chance at the DCAS this past week… In the beginning of the year I, under TFA’s guidance and instruction, set a class goal to represent 40% gap closure. Basically it’s a goal of how much they need to grow to be on a trajectory to overcome the achievement gap in…

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May 03 2012

oh my sunshine….

Funniest quote of the day… A student asked my co-teacher, “Where does the Sun go in the winter?” If this was a kindergarten class, I would think the question was really cute. Since the student is 15, not 5, and was present for the month long unit which we discussed outer space, including an activity…

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Apr 24 2012

the mysterious weekend life i lead…

I had a student ask today what I wear on the weekends. Many students struggle to understand why I dress up as much I do for school, so I’m not that unfamiliar with random questions about my attire. The life teachers lead outside of school also seems to be highly fascinating to them. Today instead…

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Apr 22 2012

my diversity story…

One of Teach For America’s core values is diversity and that means we get to talk about it which isn’t exactly my favorite thing. Yesterday morning we had one of our monthly Saturday sessions of professional development. The agenda was pretty open that we would be discussing diversity. It’s not the first time. Actually its…

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Apr 19 2012

don’t be too surprised… but i’m actually being positive

Today was a good day. I decided it’s not to often I dwell on the positives so I thought I could at least share this. We’re taking our standardized state tests for science (not the highlight… not at all) and that means we have block scheduling where classes are two hours. Trying to teach children…

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Feb 26 2012

the occasional joys of grading…

Grading is a pain. Period. It just is. However I have one student who always leaves commentary on story problems after answering them. It cracks me up and makes grading a little less painful. Question 24 commentary: Dale has 12 red skittles and 8 yellow ones. But they red ones are better cuz the yellow…

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Feb 07 2012

thought process.

It’s a pretty regular occurrence that I get in my car to head home, breathe a sigh of relief, and think to myself ‘made it through the day… and it went pretty well.’   Days are good. In the classroom/hallway/lunchroom/team meeting moments, I feel pretty in control of things and like I have a handle on life. Then…

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Feb 01 2012

yes, these things actually happen…

It was a long day. Let me explain two parts of the ridiculous points that happened within just one period.   1. Two of my female students were arguing and yelling back and forth. This happened about twice and I got them to stop and turn around and continue doing the classwork. However, the third…

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Jan 25 2012

my political thoughts…

**These are my political thoughts which yes, I expect some of you out there to disagree with. I popped some popcorn and sat back to listen to what the leader of our beautiful country had to say to me this evening… I agree with most of what President Obama said regarding education. I believe that…

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Jan 21 2012

Remember that standardized test I was terrified of…

My kids didn’t totally fail….. They didn’t meet the overall goal (though many students met their individual targets) but were only a few points shy. Their rate of growth competitively to the other math classes is impressive though. I’m very proud of the growth they made, but its pretty similar to the state as a whole. Though…

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