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Feb 04 2011

Diversity Reflections 1 & 2

Be warned, these are long. I had to write these for TFA and actually liked comparing then and now (one written in October, one written last weekend). Thoughts? Reflection 1–Oct 2010 1. Describe your own diversity/identity. How does this impact the way you learn and the way you will teach? I was born to a Swedish…

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Jan 31 2011

Hello February

Month-by-Month drive by of my first year teaching so far, starting with Induction back in June. June: (induction): This is exciting. I am pumped. One thing is making me nervous  (how am I going to survive institute)  One thing is completely freaking me out (MATH TEACHER! Really, new school?) June/July (beginning to middle of institute):…

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Jan 24 2011

(Written Last Weekend)

Despite winter break, a determination to be at school less, and feeling guilty about not updating my blog, I’ve still been terrible about it. The phrase I find myself repeating over and over is, “just keep swimming” (as said in Dory’s voice from Finding Nemo) Just keep swimming >Even when your district test scores go…

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Nov 18 2010


Sick: The term my kids use to describe anything cool.. which I am also known to use outside of school to my friends (e.g. “dang those kicks (shoes) are sick“). Sick: A term I think of when I think of the growth my students have made this year so far. They are KILLING science. Optional…

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Nov 13 2010

Random ramblings

It’s crazy how the time passes when you are a teacher. Every day, I wake up at 5AM. I’m at school by 6:30, the kids get there at 7:45 and then wham….the day begins and its a roller coaster ride until 4:30 when they leave. Sometimes, the ride is fun and invigorating and I’m super…

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Oct 22 2010

Having My 7th Grade Gang Members Cry…

I feel old when I teach. These kids are too young for some much of what they are getting into. But that’s really just me impressing my judgement on them. Several of my students are in gangs. One in particular is very involved and tells me daily he, “doesn’t care.” He misbehaves in several other…

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Sep 29 2010

This is why I TFA

When instructed to write a life timeline (with events at their ages): “1- Dropped on my head/parents fought 2- Uncle Dale woke up I had drugs all around me and on my face/parents fought 3- Parents fought 4- Put in a dryer and it got started/parents fought 5-8- Parents fought 9- My parents got divorced/parents…

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Sep 22 2010

6 of My Kids Suspended Today

Urgh. How many times do I need to tell them: “I DO NOT WANT YOU OUT OF MY CLASSROOM. I WANT YOU IN IT!” They continue to get suspended (generally before my classes, so I don’t get them). Frustrating when many of your students have missed almost 2 weeks of school. I won’t suspend my…

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Sep 18 2010

Water Skiing

I think teaching might be a little like how I envision learning to water ski. The first time out you can’t get going for more than 3 seconds without crashing, the second time out you’re thrilled you stayed standing for more than 10 seconds at a time, and only after about 3 or 4 times…

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Sep 13 2010

One Kid Can Make a Whole Week

A collection of vignettes: -We did a thumb war lab to determine if it’s more beneficial to have long or short thumbs when battling with them. K, one of my more difficult students, didn’t think I could hear if my back was to him, and let me know that,  ”I have a long thumb, and…

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