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Sep 17 2012

Confessions; 5 Years in the Making

On this beautiful Fall Monday (that I am enjoying off thanks to Rosh Hashanah!), I have been thinking back to that first Fall I spent on the East Coast.  At this point, five years later, I can say I have fallen in love with my current surroundings and circumstances. However, I have a confession to make:  During…

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Sep 15 2012

Be the Calm in the Storm

You may think you’ve seen ADHD in action, but you have no idea. When a child, physically, mentally, and emotionally, has no control due to the neurological functioning of his brain… When he cannot sit, or stand, or walk even, without throwing his arms up, or grabbing anything within reach, because he felt the urge…

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Sep 07 2012

Just When I Thought…

Before I say anything about this week, let me just show you how we finished last week: The “Academic Athletes” of Room #306 “I Am” Poems Let me just say: “We were first!”  Last Friday, my boys “performed” their “I Am” Poems, that they worked on all week.  It was the FIRST week of instruction…

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Aug 31 2012

Keeping a Straight Face

As we are approaching “High Five Friday!” of our first full week of school, there are a few things I need to write down and let go, and other things I need to hold on to, for the tougher days ahead. Let’s start with Monday, the first day of “official instruction.”  This means, we’re supposed…

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Aug 25 2012

Room #306: Now Open!

First: A HUGE, GIGANTIC, THANK YOU!!!  To my incredible family: AMANDA, NATHAN, HT & HADLEY I cried when I found this in my mailbox: Thanks to you guys, I can get my students more supplies that will help them be creative and, more importantly, stay organized! With that, I hereby declare Mann Elementary; Room #306 now “officially” open to…

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Aug 23 2012

“We’ve all been there..”

Palms sweating, tears welling, nerves? excitement?  fear?  too much coffee? or is this an anxiety attack? That was my emotional state as I drove to school this morning.  And of course, as soon as I walk in the door, someone asks me “How are you doing?” with that sympathetic tone.  I, being a model Mastery…

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Aug 22 2012

‘Twas the Night Before.. The First Day of School!

“‘Twas the night before The First Day of School, and all through the house, Miss S was sure stirring… Too nervous to rhyme.   Her lunch was all packed, her bags all prepared, in hopes that the children… would not be there.   She knew it was not the right thing to think, but really,…

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Aug 20 2012

Craving Responsibility

On Friday I received my first paycheck for my teaching “gig” (that is what it feels like right now… more on that later). After a week of filling out retirement forms and healthcare documents my parents warmly welcome me to the world of adulthood. I feel more stressed and less stressed in different ways. In…

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Aug 16 2012

Hoarding: The Teacher Edition with Good Intentions

I know as teachers, we become very attached to the children we see each and every day. Therefore, we also become attached to the “stuff” that reminds us of them; the pictures they drew, cards they wrote us, and even work they did that we were so proud they accomplished.  We also have this subconscious…

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Aug 14 2012


Finally!  We have moved from our current headquarters at the Mastery Charter central office/the Pickett Campus to our permanent home… Mann Elementary. Our “Mann”-ly welcome began with the principal.  Let’s just say, this is a man on a mission. He expects big things, and above all that we “Teach our hearts out.”  This sounds…

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