Latest posts from Nashville

Aug 28 2013

Change: By the Numbers

Teachers are obsessed with data. Ask any teacher about their class and they can regale you with hilarious stories, sad stories, bizarre and strange stories. Qualitative data. In recent years, education has emphasized quantitative data. Well, here goes. 5 different principals 4 years of teaching 3 different schools 2 different grade levels 1 very tired…

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Aug 01 2013

Twas the Night Before School and..

this site is having trouble posting my pictures so check out the pictures of my new classroom over at  

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Apr 30 2013

I’ve been holding it in…Boys stink

As any teacher will tell you, each class has a different personality. You may teach the same grade for 30 years, but each class will have some characteristic that makes them different from the one before or the one after. My first year teaching my 4th grade girls drove me crazy with their cliques and…

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Dec 14 2012

Good things come to those who wait

One of the best things about living on the fringes of my school’s neighborhood has been bumping into students outside of the building. I, for one, was one of the few children who did not believe Rebecca’s story in first grade about “What Teacher’s Do When We’re Not Around” (aka the teachers go crazy partying…

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Sep 17 2012

Meet My Honey Boo Boo

That girl? She ain’t got nothing on my Honey Boo Boo. While I do admit to my fair share of junk television watching, my knowledge of Honey Boo Boo is limited to snippets and clips that I catch online. One of my favorite clips, however, has been watching her catchphrase “A dolla make me holla”…

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Aug 28 2012

Attraction and Seduction in First Grade

You’d think that 1st grade math would be easy. It should be, but when you haven’t actually mastered kindergarten math, well then it can get tricky. Over the course of the past few weeks of school, my schedule of students in my math class has changed a few times as we figure out resource hours.…

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Aug 01 2012

Life Update: Moving to Fiji

There have been a lot of changes this summer to the point where I have no idea what I’ve told to different people. I feel like I’ve spent all summer packing boxes, unpacking boxes, moving furniture, getting on tiny plane after tiny plane. Last summer I took graduate classes and completed a practicum for my…

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May 14 2012

The Evolution of a Teacher

It’s Sunday night before the last full week of school. I can’t remember the last time I felt this mentally and physically exhausted. What with getting ready to move and preparing for the end of school, there have been a lot of really un-fun real-people things to deal with. So here’s to thinking about the…

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Feb 27 2012

Oh hey, remember me?

It’s been awhile, I know. Every now and again I thought about writing, but after slugging through the day, the last things I wanted to do was spend more time in my head thinking about school. Also, I’m trying to follow more of the “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything…

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Nov 16 2011

I’ve been off dreaming

I’m going to just put it out there. They say that the end of September through to November is the hardest stretch for teachers. I thought it was hard my first year but I’m thinking I may trade that for these past weeks. Last year, I had enormous student turnover and instability. That was limited…

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