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Jan 09 2013

Happy Middle!

Happy New Year!  Welcome 2013! As the rest of the world celebrates the start of a new year, with fresh starts, new goals, and bigger plans, we teachers are nearing a yearly milestone as well… The Middle! While I may have participated in ringing in 2013 with the rest of the working world, the quick…

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Jan 03 2013

The Beginning

I am officially a member of the Greater Philadelphia 2013 Corps! More specifically, I’ll be teaching mathematics in Camden, NJ.  This past week, I completed one of my first tasks in the road to becoming a teacher- mailing in a huge packet filled with paperwork from background checks to certification applications. As a reminder of…

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Dec 18 2012

More than Words and Numbers

A Loving Parent “Dear Teacher, I am sending you my most precious possession today, Trusting in your care what to do and say, Be gentle and loving and encourage him too, I’m trusting in you to know what to do, Show him things and let him draw, So he’ll remember the things he saw, Let…

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Nov 27 2012

Said, Did, Feel…

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou I know they forget, or simply do not hear, over 80% of what I say in a day… And I hope they forget at least 50% of the…

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Nov 16 2012

PM Disappointment Becomes PM Pride

Let me begin with a brief snippet of a conversation you would have heard last week in Room 306: Student: “I keep thinking you’re my mom…” Me: “I’m only your ‘School Mom’.. I can never be as great as your real mom.” Student: “Hmm.. I know.. But… you’re pretty close!” On a day I was feeling less…

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Nov 08 2012

November News

November has only just begun, and it is already proving to be an eventful time of the year in our classroom.  From regrouping and refocusing after Hurricane Sandy caused us to close for two days, to the Halloween Candy “Hangovers,” the Election craze, and now… a Nor’Easter and… new students. As of today, we have…

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Oct 26 2012

Losing Sight of “Normal?”

Let’s just start with a few things a visitor may have seen and heard in our classroom today: 1.  Me, smiling and hugging a student (or really, squeezing him to get him to stay in one place for 5 seconds), and half-telling, half-singing to him, “I love you. But sometimes… You. make. me. Bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.”…

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Oct 19 2012

A Teacher’s Internal Conflict: When They Leave

Everyday, I experience a variety of emotions, a roller coaster of feelings, and about 20,000 thoughts per minute.  Within this wild ride of daily classroom leading, more often than not, at any given moment, I am experiencing 2 or more conflicting emotions at once. For example, when a student is “singing” (humming odd noises and…

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Oct 10 2012

“Sweat the Small Stuff”

At Mastery, we have many mottos and mantras, but one of the all encompassing, everyday values we abide by as a “Master-ific” way of life: “Sweat the Small Stuff.” Now, in terms of Mastery’s vision of what it means to “Sweat the Small Stuff,” it may appear that we are being “strict,” “rigid,” and “controlling”…

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Oct 02 2012

Just an “Ordinary” Day…

Today marks the start of our 6th week of school here at Mann, and I could not help but think, “Holy cow! We’ve been at this for 6 weeks already?! Do we have anything to show for it…?” Today seemed especially “ordinary,” “normal,” and even “average.”  So, naturally, I started to think back over the…

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