Latest posts from Oklahoma

Aug 28 2013

Silence is golden

Let’s take my silence in the blogging world as a good thing. Why? Because it means my life as a teacher is starting to feel ordinary, rather than some two-year experience worthy of recording. Each day is filled with stories, both positive and negative, challenging and validating, but I no longer feel the all-consuming need…

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Aug 27 2013

Looking past the goal through The Process

Nick Saban is good at what he does. As the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s football team, Saban has won three national championships in the last four years. He’s won another championship at LSU and he has sent dozens of his players to the NFL. As this newest NCAA football season kicks off…

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Aug 26 2013

Wet floors, squishy shoes, and I’m still dying to see the data

Another week goes by.  This week’s major hurdle was having no air conditioning.  It’s 90-plus degrees outside, the windows in the class are bolted shut, covered with metal security screens, and the air conditioner doesn’t work.  Actually, it does put out cold air.  I just takes the humidity out of the air and leaks it…

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Aug 21 2013

Accountability

Seventy-six miles from my home, an Australian ball player was brutally gunned down by three black youths who admit to killing the man because they were “bored.”  The youths had Facebook profiles that showed them holding guns and huge stacks of money.  It was not a secret that these kids were very bad people. Every…

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Standardized testing is screwing everything up. This is a statement, I think, that is not entirely unpopular. Hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and parents* who feel crippled by the inaccurate, narrow, confining implications of these “measures of learning” agree with me. I promised myself I wouldn’t cuss, rant or appear generally unprofessional in this…

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Aug 21 2013

Reinventing the wheel

One of the frustrating things about teaching at the type of school that routinely requests more corps members is the astonishing lack of curriculum. My mom works in education as a special education teacher and is constantly baffled by how much lesson planning and curriculum design I do every week. Over the last year, I…

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Aug 19 2013

Breaking up with Sue Lehmann

Disclaimer: I feel like I by and large write two kinds of posts for this site. I write a lot of posts simply about what it’s like to teach at a Title I school because I think it’s important for people to know what things are truly like in the trenches. That being said, sometimes…

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Aug 14 2013

“The Dream is Now”

Many of my students are undocumented. This was true last year, when I taught in an English Language Learners classroom and it remains true today. Some reports that I have seen estimate that as much as 60% of RMS is comprised of students who are undocumented. Last year, as the year went on, I started…

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Aug 12 2013

The littlest Titans

In spite of the fact that my only experience playing organized football came from an illustrious college intramural flag football career, I have somehow become the assistant football coach for RMS. Our first official practice was today, exactly two weeks before our first game against Rogers. A couple of weeks ago when I found out that…

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Aug 12 2013

My new schedule

Due to myriad factors, my schedule looks different than it did last year. It’s been another adjustment but to be honest, I’m so happy with the way it has worked out. While there are seven classes during a day, we are responsible for only five classes, meaning we have one hour set aside for planning…

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