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Jun 12 2013

Mornings with Malcolm X

“Don’t you believe there are any good white people?” I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. I told her, “People’s deeds I believe in, Miss — not their words.” “What can I do?” she exclaimed. I told her, “Nothing.” She burst out crying, and ran out and up Lenox Avenue and caught a taxi. ~…

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Jun 11 2013

Worst End of School Year Teacher Ever

For about a month now I have been on a slow decline into that blessed, peaceful, state of “Summer.”  After my final IEP meeting of the year, squaring away all of my boys’ summer school plans, one last round of progress monitoring, reading assessments, and data reporting, my brain has concluded that it is just…

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Jun 11 2013

Giving Thanks

“School for fourteen years and my best teacher was experience” ~Common When you say that you want to be a teacher, people always ask you why. I guess they ask that to other people too, but it seems to me they ask teachers specifically. “Did you have a teacher that inspired you?” they always ask…

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Jun 10 2013

A Message to Sharon Liao

What inspired me to keep this blog (or at least try) is make an effort to talk back. If you know me personally, you know I will always tell it like it is, and won’t hold back. I want this opportunity to blog to express my own experience as a Teach for America corps member, in…

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May 29 2013

Labor Day Stress-Memorial Day Bliss

As I prepared to return to school on Monday night following a weekend of cook-outs, lawn games, sales, and an extra day of sleeping in, I thought back to our first 3-day weekend this school year,  Labor Day. What has changed since September?  Why is it better? How do I know its better? How have…

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May 09 2013

“School Mom” Mode

This year’s April showers not only brought the budding of May flowers, but also many other awesome joys! First let’s admire the natural beauty of Spring… Pause and “smell” the… flowers: And now onto the highlights of an Awesome April: From successfully proctoring the PSSA to a group of 22 nervous 3rd graders, as well…

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Apr 03 2013

From March Madness to an Au-some April

While the NCAA’s March Madness may just be reaching it’s grand finale round of games, I am declaring that the “Madness” that had inhabited Room 306 during the past month is over.  We survived. I am not exaggerating when I say we really had reached a state of madness by the time our blessed Spring…

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Feb 28 2013


The Pennsylvania Department of Education Mastery Charter Mann Special Education Audit Week, in a Nut Shell: -Stressful-like your life, your work, and your students are under a microscope-interviews, observations, clarifying questions… -Negative-let me just give you this scene: The woman in charge of the audit (the State DOE employee) leaves the administrative/Special Education Team’s Mid-Audit “Feedback Meeting”…

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Feb 16 2013

February: The Shortest (and Busiest) Month

February has been a trying month, at best.  In the past few weeks, I have found myself wondering if I will be able to get out of bed in the morning due to exhaustion, and along with that I have been trying anything and everything just hoping for a snow day.. But February just keeps…

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Jan 21 2013

What are you doing for others?

Today, is the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. A man I have come to admire for his strong faith, just beliefs, and brilliant boldness. His ideas on education, and education equality, are ones I find I can easily agree with. Not only because they are right and just, but because I know where Dr.…

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