Latest posts from Delaware

Jan 18 2012

same thing… different perspective

Standardized testing…. I think it makes everyone cringe and want to roll their eyes. I never liked them growing up. I remember beginning Iowa Test of Basic Skills in kindergarten, and they were soooooo boring.  I was definitely a child that at times didn’t read all the questions and just filled in bubbled. Whoops! As a grew older,…

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Jan 12 2012

new year… but nothing feels new

some realizations I had over break…. -I think I will forever be behind. Of course, I planned on writing lesson plans, and studying, and doing all kinds of things over break…. maybe about a fourth of which actually happened. Somedays it feels as though I will always be making worksheets the night before and throwing…

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Jan 12 2012

“I Judge Teachers Who Use Comic Sans”

True life, my kids say fantastic things. One of the things I’d say has changed the most between my first and second year of teaching is my ability to relate to and laugh with my kids. I went from becoming frustrated and annoyed when they were constantly laughing and joking to participating along with them…

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Dec 10 2011

she’s not dead yet…

I assigned new seats in my math class the other day. A few of my students were rather vocal on their distaste for the changes made. I told them that I was not going to waste class time over on the debate, and if they have a major issue with something, they could write me…

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Never. Every time the teacher across the hall, Mrs. B, is absent (which has been 8 days so far this year), I get that question. My response is always “unless I’m confined to my bed, I’ll be here.” While some students groan and complain about this, the majority are happy that I’m going to be…

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Nov 08 2011

“Didn’t you know? Ms. S is my homegirl”

Wow. Today was a day for all days – and I feel a deep need to record this for posterity. As some of the people who will read this may know, I am piloting an Advanced Biology program at my school – where students are not prepared for AdvBio and the course is not properly…

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Jul 09 2011

everyday. the good and the bad.

Originally written: 7/7/2011 The last two days have been really difficult. They were my first days actually in the classroom. The first day we just gave the pre-test and the second day I taught my very first lesson. It was awful. Failing is not easy, and I think that failing is the best way to…

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Jul 02 2011

the children are coming…

I survived week one! Though I will say, it hasn’t gotten that hard yet. This week has mostly been learning and spending time in sessions about classroom management, lesson planning, literacy, diversity, etc. As of Tuesday morning however, there will be about 1000 students in the hallways and classrooms of my school, and I will…

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Jun 29 2011

Who needs water when there’s plenty of kool-aid to drink?

I’ve made it to Philly now! Institute (training) started today. It was a very early morning (my first alarm was set for 4:45am) and a long day but overall a good day. I got to meet a lot of the people I’ll be working with these next five weeks and more about what I’ll be…

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Jun 29 2011

So… Delaware?

*Originally written 6/23/11 A little background on TFA-Delaware…. Two years ago was the first time corps members were placed in Delaware schools because of the push from business and community leaders. At that time Delaware was considered to be part of the Mid-Atlantic region which was primarily Philadelphia. This is the first year where we…

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