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Apr 09 2014

Going beyond “Hands-On”

I have had some proud moments with my kids in the past week or so.  Why? Yesterday, as my students in 1B were building solar ovens, one student, with his hands full of plastic wrap and working together with two other people to try to get the plastic wrap to go around their oven just…

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Apr 08 2014

THE DAY OF TESTING

The tests have arrived. In perfectly aligned little rows, five rows of five, they test. They test and test and test. Not one, but four reading passages: eight multiple choice, one open response. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Why the choice is made to put ALL FOUR reading tests on one day and ALL FOUR math tests…

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Apr 07 2014

Prep them to Death

Today, for the first time in 134 days of teaching, I am one hundred percent positive that I fought for what my students deserved. The story is ridiculous (it involves my obsession with getting my students a certain magical blue TI-15 calculator to use on their benchmark) but I’m on fire. It took me three…

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Apr 01 2014

Student Conversations I’ve Overheard…

…Or, Kids Really DO Say the Darndest Things! I’ve been creating this lovely little collection over the past few months.  Mostly, it is my students making fun of me. : ) I know I haven’t had one in a while but, it’s a nice lighthearted change of pace from my sometimes heavy posts.  Post about…

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Mar 30 2014

Books and Break

I spent this week in a haze of spring-break-alone-in-Little-Rock-root-canal-mush. Starting with a moderately psychotic spurt of “going out” in the traditional way us 20-somethings do, trotting through our favorite haunts of Little Rock, meeting musicians and democrats and people with overlapping professional circles. I was screaming out liberty, no longer tied to anything, free from…

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Mar 20 2014

Arkansas Forever

I’ve accepted it all because when things are easy you don’t make them hard. For no greater purpose or ideal, it’s easy for me to love it here. So I signed that paper, knowing nothing, accepting everything, being bound by a love I don’t question, and let a new thought roll around in my brain: Arkansas forever.

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Mar 16 2014

Starting Spring

I’m having a hard time doing most things. Instead of facing all the work I have for ATC, or planning for the mere two weeks I have before our state test arrives, or running the nine miles I had slated for today, or anything else that I know I should and could be doing… I…

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Mar 10 2014

Disbelief

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. Sitting in the immaculate Jacksonville Lighthouse cafeteria, I flipped through the tiny notebook I had brought with me for notes, the cover…

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Mar 01 2014

Terrified/Totalled/Trumped

March came! January and February took their days; January cold and dark, six o’clock bringing deep, quiet naps under three comforters; February days braced against the cold, chin to the sun, even a day or two above 60 degrees. I’m not sure I had any weekends off between Christmas break and the middle of February,…

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Feb 26 2014

Seven Years to Get it Right

I work in a small rural school. My students have been sitting next to the same people since kindergarten.  They are generally very sweet to each other but on the days they can’t seem to get along I like to remind them that these are the same people they will be in school with for…

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