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May 10 2013

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Day 150: First of all, Happy Day #150 to me! Today wasn’t ideal. Thursdays always suck, thanks to the lack of a prep period to decompress. This one felt particularly arduous because I had to teach a mediocre lesson three times. I knew it wasn’t great when I taught it yesterday; it had too many notes,…

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May 09 2013

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Day 149: Fourth period today was deeply unsatisfying, for two reasons. First, it was pretty much the most boring lesson I have taught all year. The Do Now was too complicated. There were too many guided notes. The guided practice was silent and low rigor. About 20 minutes in, I realized my kids hadn’t been released,…

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May 07 2013

Some Teacher Appreciation Thoughts

Day 148: It’s teacher appreciation week, which is, all told, a pretty sweet week. Yesterday, one of our parents made a ton of Ethopian food, including beef and split lentils, and left a huge spread in the teacher’s lounge. I may or may not have had thirds. And I may or may not have had croissants…

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May 07 2013

Monday Focus?

Day 147: A wonderful thing happened on Monday. For months, my homeroom has been, let’s say, less than productive. We don’t have train wrecks, but we’re not exactly “moving with a mission.” This is due to a volatile mix of boys who can’t sit still, girls who are 12 going on 21, and a handful of…

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May 04 2013

In Which I More Than Survive Friday

Day 146: Something weird is going on. It’s Friday, and I don’t feel like my oatmeal has been replaced with gruel. I actually have the energy to write about Friday ON FRIDAY, as opposed to Sunday afternoon. I have energy in part because I got to hand out a quiz during two of my five periods…

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May 03 2013

Calm in the Face of Crazy

Day 145: So, some of my classes aren’t operating as efficiently as they had a few months ago. I think that’s likely due to two factors. First, it’s May of their final year at the school, and senioritis is setting in. Second, in my teetering-on-the-edge-of-burned-out state, I’m not teaching with the same zeal I was three…

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May 02 2013

Seeking a Shot of Joy

Day 144: Holy crap, it’s May! I find myself staring at my computer screen tonight, in shock that I’m done planning at 11. There are two glaring errors in my thinking here. One, why is being done at 11 a good thing? Two, why am I staring at my computer screen, trying to figure out what…

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May 01 2013

When “Good” Starts to Feel Less Good

Day 143: In what appears to be an increasingly frequent theme, this post is late, and I really can’t remember too much of what happened Tuesday. I remember first and second period felt really, really easy – kids just doing the right thing, the whole time, and me feeling pretty good about everyone getting the content.…

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Apr 30 2013

Monday Fail

Day 142: I’m going to admit this from the get-go: This is a whiny post. I had next-to-no teaching to do today. On Mondays, I teach twice. One of those two times was going to be spent at the back of my room with my principal, observing a teacher hoping to have my job next year.…

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Apr 29 2013

Field Trip Fun

Day 141: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s field trip time. Specifically, Friday was our annual Opportunity Day, when classes go to visit various workplaces. I took my students to Google, where a friend of mine from college who works as a software engineer was set to host us. The short version: It was awesome. My kids were…

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