Latest posts from Colorado

Jan 08 2012

The Two-Handed Feel Up

Yesterday, I got felt up by an 8th grade boy. It was a definite, two-handed, all-out feel up. Now this was accidental of course, but it doesn’t change the ridiculousness or embarrassment of the situation. Let me explain…

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Nov 15 2011

Been A While…

Shooting 2 blocks from school this morning.. so glad none of my kids were hurt! Hoping their families are okay as well.. That being said, the second year of teaching is SO much better than the first. I feel so much more ready to tackle whatever is thrown at me, and confident. Like when I…

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Oct 19 2011

what it’s like to be the best

I had three different administrators come up to me today and tell me how great I am.  You see, we had visitors in our school today, and they observed my classroom.  These are the important kind of visitors–the kind hired for the whole area of failing schools to make sure we’re on track.  They are…

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Oct 11 2011

Thoughts of the Future

It has come to my attention that in fewer months than I think I will have to make a decision regarding what to do after TFA.  After.  As though there’s an end to this craziness. I have a degree in ballet and a certification in secondary math.  I love to organize and analyze, I love…

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Oct 09 2011

Classroom Planking

I walked into my advisory one day to find these things occurring: The day before, one of my students had mentioned planking and another asked what the word meant.  We really have no curriculum or structure for advisory, so I decided we should learn about planking that day.  I pulled up the YouTube video from…

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Sep 05 2011

Teacher Rules

Don’t yell Don’t talk too much Be FUN! Don’t chew gum Be prepared Wear the dress code with us Don’t use your cell phone during class Don’t use your computer (unless it’s an emergency) Be organized Treat us fair Let us sit wherever we want Don’t touch us without asking Don’t lie Be creative If…

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So… I haven’t blogged in quite some time. In fact, I haven’t blogged since the first days of institute. My reasoning: complete lack of sleep. So for this blog I will try to break up my institute experience by week trying to recall my thoughts at the time (now, of course I am a more…

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Jul 02 2011

Lessons from 7 Hours of Interviewing TFA-ers

Today I spent five hours straight talking to TFA corps members.  Five. straight. hours.  Add two more hours over the past two days and you have seven hours talking to over 40 2011 CMs.  Whew! To give you some background, I need to back up a bit.  I joined the School Leadership Team at my…

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Jun 15 2011

Institute Time

Last week began the TFA process. Induction began with little sleep and sessions, sessions, sessions. Some sessions were really informative and inspiring, others led me to hate uptalk (which if you have been to induction you know what I mean). Note: Squash sandwiches with kraft singles – not the best. Sunday morning, after 3 hours…

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Jun 08 2011

Teaching Desire

After two grueling nights of summer league coaching (one where I taught two teams at once) what I just can’t comprehend is why my girls aren’t trying. They seem to improve every practice, but I always sense that they don’t really want this. I can deal with low skill level, but it is the most…

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