Latest posts from Nashville

Jun 23 2011

Dear Mom and Dad–

I’m a teacher! Kind of. (P.S. Momma: thank you for making me keep this bag.  I don’t care how non-courtroom it is.  At 5:15 in the morning, it makes me happy.) The problem with this is: I just ran my kids diagnostic data into the system tracker today to find out their summer growth goals.…

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Jun 22 2011

Facing the highs and lows together

It’s week two of summer school, and the days left to standards needing to be taught ratio weighs on me like the oversized shoulder bag of resources I carry to class each morning. I’ve said it before, but even after just a week the two dozen middle school students have already taught me so much…

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Jun 19 2011

The Calm before the Firestorm

We’re ravaging the school supplies sections of the SuperWalmart and the Walgreens and the two dollar stores in town.  This morning, I walked the half mile to Our Lady of Victories.  It’s across the road from a cotton field, like every building in Cleveland.  And sitting there in a pew, I was confused and kind…

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Jun 19 2011

Year 1 In Review

WOW! What an amazing year this turned out to be! I really couldn’t have asked for anything better than what I experienced with my 5th and 6th graders this year. I think an overlaying theme of my school year has been personal growth. My students and I both, have grown so much and we’ve helped…

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Jun 14 2011

First day

After a year of teaching kindergarten, the thought of standing in front of middle schoolers filled me with anxiety this morning. It was the first day of summer school for both these students and me. I was unsure if I would be able to communicate effectively or personably with students who stood taller than 4…

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Jun 13 2011

The First Day

In the Mississippi Delta, the sun rises low and orange over the foggy corn fields.  The stalks go on forever, flooding up to the trunks of the trees that mark property lines.  You pass tractors parked idly by the highway, aluminum barns rusting in the morning humidity, and the state penitentiary on your left at…

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Jun 12 2011

The Drive Down South

I flew into Nashville, Tennessee from Dallas, TX almost a week ago.  It seems like so much longer.   Two weeks ago, I would have never guessed that I would have met such awe-inspiring people who are my own age.  The people who get stuff done are no longer the older ones, telling us what…

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Jun 08 2011

New beginnings

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama Anyone who knows me well knows that I feel something like “buyer’s remorse” every time I make any decision, monetary or otherwise.  I’ve changed high schools, I’ve changed colleges, and I’ve changed career paths, and with every…

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May 22 2011

Way Overdue Post

In a nutshell, I have fallen down on all lines of communication. I don’t remember the last time that I talked on the phone with my parents, I haven’t talked to my brother in over a month on my way to my reunion, and the only real conversation I’ve had with anyone I reconnected with…

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Apr 05 2011

Thoughts on an article in the Tennessean

One of the exciting things about taking a teaching job in Tennessee last year was hearing about all the plans for change and improvement across not only at my school and in my district, but also across the state. After a crazy day, which ended on a hectic note because of the tornado watch, I…

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