Latest posts from Hawai'i

Jul 15 2008

aloha.

The learning curve is steep. I miss the people at institute, and my kids. Not the paperwork so much, but at least everything was in one place. Now its apartment renting, car buying, and “getting my life together.” On top of “Round Zero” aka, Institute part 2. Its crazy how much has changed, yet how…

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Jul 15 2008

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Jun 21 2008

Dangers of Teaching…continued

I can’t believe the year is over already?! Holy cow! Well, this year has been…..interesting to say the least. Disasters and adventures a’plenty! The finish line in sight, I thought I was home-free, far from the days of bugs, creatures, close-calls, and the many dangers of the classroom. yeah right. The last day of school.…

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May 24 2008

appreciation

As teachers, we rarely gets words of affirmation or appreciation….quite often we’re faced with phone calls, letters, concerns, questions, etc. But every so often….once in a grand while….an administrator or a parent will step in and drop a tiny shining gold glimmering word. That word….that word sticks into a teacher’s mind with the strongest of…

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May 21 2008

Success!

Sam….my little sam, my chair-throwing Sam, the sam who couldn’t read when he came to school last fall…..REACHED HIS BIG GOAL TODAY!!!!!!! He was so excited, he giggled…then I giggled. He shook with joy, his tiny fists flying through the air as danced and squirmed and twirled around the room! all that work….all that time….all…

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May 17 2008

Warm Fuzzies…

Ever since I began teaching, my goal has always been one thing….that every student leave my class every day knowing that they are loved. Last week, i was reminded of it… Mother’s Day. Sam came into school the next day and gave me a present. “Well thank you Sam, but its Mother’s Day. Teacher Appreciation…

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May 14 2008

The Finish Line.

Almost there…..4 weeks to go. 10 students have reached (and exceeded!) their BIG Goals! 10 students are one level away from their BIG Goal…..almost there! 4 weeks to go! They’re going to make it. I have no doubt! We can see the finish line…

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Oct 19 2007

oh…the irony!

so, want to hear a funny story? not so much funny as is terribly ironic… so, my classroom doesn’t have a white board. i bought a mangled left over piece from Home Depo and leaned it up against the wall and tried my best to fasten it so it wouldn’t tip over and smush a…

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Sep 24 2007

Big Gains!

I diagnosed my students at the beginning of the school year….many of which could not read, some could read a little, a few were almost at grade level. each student was assigned an Reading Level and a Big Goal (1.5 years of growth by June which is equivalent to about 6 reading levels). it has…

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i have a student named Sam. Sam used to be special ed but recently was removed and placed in my gen ed classroom. Sam has anger management issues and a quick temper. over the past few months, I have gotten to know Sam and can quickly identify when he is going to flare up; i…

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