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Aug 25 2012

Changes

With school starting in just a few days, it’s interesting how different my classroom planning has been this year compared to the last. Last year, I remember arriving in a room full of materials that weren’t mine and I felt obligated to use. I also remember arriving in that room without a paycheck in the…

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Aug 22 2012

Things You Probably Don’t Need To Know…

8/21/12 …but you’re still reading. 1) I tripped over a backpack today. Recovered without falling, but still, first real trip of the year. 40 kids with backpacks does get a little cramped, I’ll say. 2) Only deodorized one armpit this morning. Figured that out after lunch. Cool. 3) Not funny, but exciting – spoke with…

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Aug 21 2012

Tiny Bites

8/20/12   I know I’m teaching again because I’m constantly hungry. In the morning, my stomach doesn’t wake up until I’m at work. This year, I have first & last prep periods, which at first freaked me out, but I think I’m already in love. The middle rush is a little intense, but you just…

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Aug 17 2012

This is it!

8/17/12 I finished my first week of teaching at my new school!!   And it is going pretty well   Yesterday, we did a book anticipation, and it was an activity I LOVE and have done many times before. Of course, doing it the first itme with another teacher watching made me go totally overboard…

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Aug 15 2012

That’s entertainment

In September 2010, I went to see comic Joel McHale perform at Vanderbilt University. McHale’s show was very amusing – and was very similar to the antics that he displays regularly on E!‘s The Soup. A lot of making fun of E! and celebrities. The audience ate it up. In any case, McHale brought an…

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Aug 15 2012

I QUIT!!!!! …but…

A month ago today I was on my way down to the Rio Grande Valley from Houston, Texas following a rigorous and intensive crash course on how to teach students mathematics with passion, rigor, and vision.  I came to Texas with a lot of veal and confidence in my ability to have an impact on…

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Aug 15 2012

Who Are We?

8/14/12   With one item left on my school to-do list tonight, I am sprawled across my couch, trying my hardest not move anything but my hands as I type. Dinner wasn’t even heated up…just pulled the leftovers from the fridge. I forget how tiring the first week of school is! My body is not used to being…

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Aug 06 2012

The Wonderful Outdoors

This is an analysis of a poem that I wrote when I was in the fifth grade with Ms. Sanders.  See what you think! The Wonderful Outdoors Wind stumbles through the trees Such a chilling breeze Sticks crack Twigs tap As snow falls silently “Wind stumbles through the trees.”  As someone reflects upon an epic…

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Aug 03 2012

Where to Begin….

8/2/12   I’m 5 work days into my new job. The thoughts have been building up, so it’s time to let them loose.   I’m finished with my two years. For people who don’t really understand how TFA works, they think that means that I no longer work for TFA. Pues, I never “worked for…

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Aug 01 2012

The Nature, Pedagogy, and Scholarship of Mathematics

In most socially oriented activities, one of the first topics to surface in discussion is one’s profession.  When it is discovered that I have selected mathematics education, I continually receive a solemn stare of surprise, bewilderment, disgust, and empathy.  Individuals outside and within the profession of mathematics misconstrue the nature of mathematics, the pedagogy of…

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