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Nov 02 2010

Help my classroom!!

I just submitted my first donorschoose.org project. Want to see what I’m striving to get for my classroom? (and take a peek?!)

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Oct 31 2010

It’s Quitting Time

No, not me. I’m still here. But the return from Fall Break has been rough for everyone. It was like a respite from work reminded people of how much they give up to work as a teacher and the realization has set in a discouraged feeling. No one has ever quit the Nashville corps, but…

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Oct 20 2010

Fall Break — A Godsend for my Mental Health Sake

Fall Break began on Friday for the kids, but with the professional development I’ve been to, today was really the first day. Sleeping in was glorious and I felt ready to tackle some of the projects I’ve been meaning to get to. Some of these projects are a result of the professional development I’ve had…

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Oct 10 2010

Getting an Ejuckashun

Even though I hope my kids are learning from me, I’m amazed at the number of things that I learn from them on a daily basis. Things as mundane as their favorite colors, songs, and dances, to the truly saddening such as an already jaded perspective on life and how things are. Should nine and…

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Sep 30 2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The School policy

This week and last have been rough. TFA shows you a projection of the first year teacher’s satisfaction/happiness and it says that in about October it gets rough. Well, we got started second week of August so about end of September is right. There’s a lot of things that I’d like to say, but this…

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Sep 18 2010

It Keeps Getting Better….Or Not

This week has been a rollercoaster of everything. For the first time, I felt really solid about some of my plans in Language Arts and the kids seemed to respond well. My kids were happy for the most part and motivated to do well behaviorally because of parties at the end of the week. I…

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Sep 11 2010

They don’t pay me enough to deal with that kind of shit

My training has made me prepared for many of the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants moments that have occurred thus far. I’ve had crying kids, lessons that tanked, procedures that failed, classroom discussions about not using gay as an insult, and other hormonal issues of 4th graders. Friday was, on the outset, a typical Friday: quests, kids going nuts,…

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Sep 07 2010

The Teacher becomes the Teacher…to another Teacher?

I went in to school today to make some copies and bumped into the new 4th grade teacher. My school has added at least one new teacher onto every grade level, as well as some special ed teachers. They start sometime this week which I think most of the teachers are eagerly anticipating. I unfortunately…

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Sep 06 2010

Finding Balance — Part 1 of 4

I broke down and bought three things this weekend: A thermometer, a bathroom scale, and some powerful meds. I could feel myself getting worse and worse this week so I decided to be an adult and in true TFA fashion, went to get myself some data. Here it is — this weekend my temperature reached…

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Aug 29 2010

You are drinking a liquid candy bard

I’ve been going to lunch with my kids all week because their behavior was so bad that I felt I needed to be an extra pair of eyes and ears in the lunchroom. While I was a huge fan of Jamie Oliver’s miniseries on cafeteria lunches in the US, I hadn’t had much experience with…

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