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Jun 06 2013

Taught, Teach, Will Teach

Well, I made it through Year One. Our students finished school about two weeks back, we had a week of inservices to make up for snow days, and then I packed up and headed out for the summer. I don’t really want to spend too much time on my personal struggles during my 2nd semester,…

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Dec 30 2012

A Winter Break Update

Happy holidays! Apparently, myself and all other 2012 CMs need to blog more. Seriously, to not do so shows that we are undoubtedly ashamed of our jobs, miserable with our experience, and afraid of what others might think about what we are doing. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– Surprisingly, I am none of those things, at least not as…

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Nov 08 2012

A Tale of Three Classes


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it…

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Oct 15 2012

So Here’s What You Missed…

Problem: How does one possibly communicate the craziness of leaving all that is familiar, going through two months of intense training, and starting a new job in a new area? Solution: Not attempting to and leaving his blog alone for nearly five months. —————————————– Hello from the land of…..I’m not sure what would chiefly represent…

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May 23 2012

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Greetings Programs! (extra points if you get that reference) I’ll just get this out of the way. Yes, this is my first post. It’s true, first posts are awkward. For this I apologize. Now that we have acknowledged this, lets move on shall we? There will certainly be an “About Me” section at some point;…

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Sep 26 2011

New Blog

Friends, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you following my story over the past two years as a teacher at Todd County High School in Mission, South Dakota. Many days, it was this space that helped me move forward. I’m no longer a teacher at TCHS, but I’m continuing The Work back in…

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Aug 16 2011

Last Post

This blog recorded the furthest I’ve ever lived from home, the hardest thing I’ve ever done, the most introspective, driven and focused people I’ve ever met. The words here came out of lonely times and days when I thought I couldn’t do anything to help the students I was teaching. Rarely here did I recount…

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Jul 04 2011

Back In Action

I stopped blogging after my first month in the classroom. I’m going into Year 3 in my placement school- and I think it’s time to start up again. I am going to try to write a daily blog about classroom moments- as a way to capture memories, but also as a way to self-reflect on…

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May 11 2011

Sig Gains

She’s a freshman who puts blue streaks in her hair – so when the stage lights hit her, it looks like midnight. I taught her sister earlier this year, but, other than knowing who she was, never interacted with her until she started doing Oral Interpretation. After a while I figured that she was just…

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May 06 2011

Sleeping On The Couch: Stories of Community

Last year, teachers gathered together to discuss What It Takes To Begin. This year, my students have been working toward the goal of telling their story. This spring, teachers from the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations will gather again to share our ideas on Community in the collection: Sleeping On The Couch: Stories of Community.…

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