Latest posts from Oklahoma

Aug 10 2013

Year two begins–reflections

There have been lots of changes this year, but some things remain the same.  Our school is still a construction site, but at least we’ve moved into the half that is finished.  The new classes are so nice.  You could take three of my old class and put it in my current room.  However, there…

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Aug 08 2013

Year two, take two

Teaching has given me a tremendous sense of perspective. The lows (which you’ve probably read on here) are never as bad as they seem and they highs are never as great. In your lowest moments, you are still the strongest, most stable influence in many kids’ lives and in your best moments you still have…

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In my pre-reading for TFA institute (and, actually, in the pre-interview readings as well) the gap of “achievement” (using data like test scores and graduation rate) between affluent kids and kids in poverty was always called the…wait for it…”achievement gap.” (Whether or not test scores and graduation rate actually denote achievement is a whole other issue,…

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Aug 05 2013

First day of school jitters

For roughly the first six weeks of school last year, I felt nauseous on the way to RMS. Between the moment that I woke up and the moment when the bell rang to start the day, I would dry heave exactly one time. It was never more, but it wasn’t until mid-September that this did…

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I’ve been trying to write this post for a while. I’ve been mulling over it since the last day of school, I guess. I wanted to have some breathtaking, sweeping, end-of-year proclamation, some culminating fantasy-ridden statement about my experience as a teacher in Oklahoma City. Currently, the only word I can come up with is…

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Jul 29 2013

Don’t EVER get comfortable

School starts in exactly one week. At this time last year, my stomach was plummeting with the realization that I was being switched over from a largely African American high school to a middle school comprised almost entirely of Latino students. I remember feeling shocked and upset by the switch because I had already felt…

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Jul 03 2013

Missing home and things like that.

When I left to come to Institute, I knew a lot of things would happen. I knew (despite my greatest fears) that I would make friends. I knew (despite my greatest fears) that I would reach my summer school kids. I knew (because of my greatest fears) that I would find a place in Tulsa…

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Jun 26 2013

My Donor’s Choose Project

One of the many great resources available to teachers is a wonderful website called Donor’s Choose. It allows teachers to post projects: trips, supplies, or technology that need outside, additional funding. I’ve put up a project that will allow me to get a document camera for my students. In short, a doc cam is essentially…

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Jun 26 2013

It never ends.

I am literally smack dab in the very middle of summer. I haven’t taught for almost a month and it’ll be three weeks before I need to be back in OKC. This should be the very definition of “the dog days of summer”. But even though my body is spending this time in Utah, Colorado,…

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Jun 26 2013

Halfway

Tomorrow marks the halfway mark for Institute. I’m halfway finished with my summer, halfway done writing lesson plans, halfway done working with my collab, halfway done with getting 4 hours of sleep a night and eating dining hall food. I’m all the way sure I’ll more than halfway miss it. I heard someone lament once…

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