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Jun 09 2013

On Broken Copiers and Dead Turtles

Day 170: So, sometimes, your normal day runs into an obstacle or two. Friday was one of those days. We have three printers at school. Sometimes, one breaks. Friday, all three broke. This left me without a printer on a day when all of my classes depended on my ability to print quizzes and final exam…

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Jun 09 2013

Still Winning

Day 169: The long, tiring days typically are not “wins.” And yet, today, 12 days from the finish line, the wins kept coming. First and second period’s double block was listless to say the least, as is typical for that class. However, a late bit of pumping the kids up about how fast we’d been able…

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Jun 07 2013

You Gotta Fight

Day 168: I know it’s nearly all over when, one day later, I can honestly remember NOTHING that happened in class yesterday. I can only assume that means neither anything bad nor anything particularly wonderful happened. Class itself was pretty average. I gritted my way through a pair of teacher-directed lessons, getting by on management more…

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Jun 05 2013

Bucking the End-of-Year Slide

Day 167: Sometimes, it all just works. First period handles the decomposer lab – including leaving to go put soon-to-be decomposed bread in their lockers – without flipping out. Second period’s usual characters were all calm and focused. Fourth period, aka my homeroom, aka my darlings, aka my devil-children, were all engaged and on their game.…

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Jun 04 2013

Please, Please Let Us Finish With Our Best

Day 166: We had indoor recess today, due to rain. I had to tell five girls to get into the classroom three times; they finally went in when the building sub walked by and said, “Do what you’re told.” So, you know, that had me in a good mood, the whole not-following-my-directions thing. TC was the…

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Jun 03 2013

In Which I Hold Students Accountable

Day 165: Every time I teach a lab, I make a point to reinforce the importance of respecting materials, even when they are everyday materials that you might have in your house. This usually results in on-task behavior. And then, sometimes, kids are kids. Like Friday, when JM ate the bread that was meant to be…

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Jun 01 2013

With Children in the Woods

Day 164: Thursday was our annual 6th grade field trip to Blue Hills, a hiking area and nature preserve south of Boston. Last year, I had to sit out due to car accident-induced concussion and whiplash, so I was excited to get to participate this time around. The weather was perfect – 85 degrees and sunny.…

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May 30 2013

Ending With My Best

Day 163: Tuesday, I committed to a better Wednesday. By better, I mean not only helping my kids be more focused in class, but also writing plans that were worthy of class – not end-of-May crap. Mission largely accomplished. Fourth period was grossed out by the decomposing rabbit slideshow I began class with, and then was…

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May 29 2013

Post-Long Weekend Blues

Day 162: Sometimes, you just get caught off guard. Tuesday morning started innocently enough. I had two classes come in and nail class. And that’s despite the fact that second period featured a skit on energy pyramids that totally bombed last year (ah, the wonders of improved management). I let myself think it was going to…

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May 27 2013

You’ll Thank Me Later

Day 161: Friday morning, we took the entire sixth grade to the Upper School – the 7-12 campus where they’ll move after this year. We saw the recess yard, we met the principal, and we had a tour of the 7-8 building where they’ll have all of their classes. Two items stand out. First, we ran…

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