Latest posts from San Antonio

In October, we lost one week of instructional time to administer district benchmarks, ostensibly to get a snapshot of progress made towards this year’s STAAR. Because so many students failed their STAAR tests last year, we(1) lost this week of instructional time due to students retaking exams, in some cases all 5 from last year.…

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I just about hit the roof when this scene came up in Lincoln.  This is a great scene for history and Geometry classes. My warm-up question for this clip: what geometric axiom is Lincoln describing?

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Nov 20 2012

#53: Teach for America Eats Its Young

So, I’m in an unusual position as a TFA teacher: this is my third year of teaching(1) but my second year as a corps member.  This means I’m still getting classroom support which I would recommend really for all teachers for the first few years anyway. In San Antonio, Teach for America’s support model has…

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In no particular order other than when I remembered them: 1. “Competency-Based Education in Iowa, Down the Pike it Comes” by Shawn Cornally at ThinkThankThunk.  Lest you believe that education reform means endless standardized testing to determine teacher pay, here’s an actual idea for education reform that is mind-blowing.  I read this in the morning…

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I’ve been following the Supreme Court case of Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas with a lot of interest the past month.  The case involves a now-22-year-old now-Louisiana State University alum named Abigail Fisher who charges the University of Texas at Austin of denying her admission based on her racial background as a white applicant.…

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Nov 11 2012

Another one gone…and another one gone…

I lost two students today…two of my favorites. C was a GT phenom. He was. by definition, the perfect student: well-behaved, quiet (but particpiated in everything), super smart, polite. I couldn’t have asked for anything else from this boy. He had missed a few days three weeks ago, but when he didn’t show up this…

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Oct 17 2012

Oh hey, it’s October!

October 2011 was a gigantic improvement upon October 2010, and now it’s October 2012 and I live in a world completely unrecognizable from either. First year teachers, this is for you.

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Oct 15 2012

Where am I…and where am I going?

It’s almost the end of the 1st 9 weeks. I am counting the days toward Thanksgiving break already. I have taken 1 1/2 days off as mental health days. Normally, I don’t take days off until February, but this year is different. While I’m enjoying some aspects of teachig 5th grade, I’m not where I…

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Sep 30 2012

#50: More UIL Evangelism

Dearest Texas high school teachers, I just had the chance to go with a couple of collegaues and 16 students to the UIL Student Activities Conference at UT-Austin.  It was incredibly rad(1) and we all learned a lot about the different academic and speech events. This year as academic coordinator, I finally have coaches for…

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Sep 30 2012

#49: On being a traitor

I was making copies a couple of weeks ago and one of the social studies teachers asked me: “So how does it feel to be teaching this year?” I thought this was an odd question. “Uh, same as the last two years I’ve been teaching, I guess,” I replied. “I just mean that now you…

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