Latest posts from Kansas City

Nov 06 2013

The beginning of the end? Your thoughts sincerely appreciated.

Today sucked. Everything about today sucked. Well maybe not everything…During my plan time, I was in the office when a woman brought her daughter to school late. We recently got a security officer in our building for the sole purpose of protecting our principal and staff from this woman. There is a restraining order against…

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Nov 04 2013

Building Grit, I suppose…

It is said that grit is the most effective indicator of successful people.  There is a stronger correlation between grit and success than anything else. I don’t know if I’m particularly “gritty” or not, but luckily for me, grit can be built. I suppose this is what it feels like to build grit. To be…

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Oct 19 2013

The Calm in the Eye of the Storm

Going back to Los Angeles for a wedding last weekend made it tough to show up in school on Monday.  Honestly, I didn’t want to come back.  However, on Friday before I left for the weekend, one of my students ran up to me (like she always does on Fridays) and asked me if I…

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Oct 12 2013

“…angrily stabbing vegetables and avoiding eye contact…”

I met with my real time coach on Wednesday, and the title of this post is a direct quote from our convo. She told me that I have to watch my tone—that I was mean to my kids, and she wouldn’t want to learn from me either. She is big on no-nonsense nurture; heavy on…

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Oct 05 2013

Baby Steps.

“Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, keep my voice low, be courteous, criticize not one bit. I won’t find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.”   I failed on this today. Majorly. Not on all accounts–my outfit was slamming,…

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Oct 02 2013

“I love my job…Wait did I just say that?”

So, something amazing happened today. Lately, I’ve been word vomiting about how much I want to quit. However, I made a decision over the weekend. My decision was to live in gratitude. Gratitude for my amazing roommates, who keep my going, for my kick butt MTLD, who meets with me an obscene amount of times…

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Sep 29 2013

Just for Today

“Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.” Each day I want to leave, I need to remember this. I…

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Sep 28 2013

Quitting is not an Option

I feel like a wuss. Like I’m weak. The amount that I want to quit is overwhelming. I just keep reminding myself the just for today, quitting is not an option. Ms. D reminds me daily, “If we were quitters we’d quit, but thank God we are not quitters.” She provides me mental sanity and…

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Sep 27 2013

From all sides

I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m the first to admit that. I don’t know how to teach. I feel so impotent. I stand in front of the room and see my little second graders not getting the knowledge they deserve and it pains me. I want my kids to have an experienced teacher, but…

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Sep 26 2013


So, clearly I haven’t been blogging. Why you ask? I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this teaching thing. TFA institute sucked, but it was a joke compared to really teaching, which I anticipated. My school is, well, unsupportive to say the least.  Teach for America is a bunch of different things and my…

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