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Oct 09 2013

Where Men Wear Skinny Jeans

It cost me both of my personal days but I’m on an American Airlines flight 30 something thousand feet above Arkansas with a flight attendant who looks strangely like Emma Stone offering me Dr. Pepper feeling simply awesome. The chance to blog, to sit quietly not talking about school, and splurge on a spontaneous trip…

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Oct 05 2013

Baby Steps.

“Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, keep my voice low, be courteous, criticize not one bit. I won’t find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.”   I failed on this today. Majorly. Not on all accounts–my outfit was slamming,…

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Oct 02 2013

“I love my job…Wait did I just say that?”

So, something amazing happened today. Lately, I’ve been word vomiting about how much I want to quit. However, I made a decision over the weekend. My decision was to live in gratitude. Gratitude for my amazing roommates, who keep my going, for my kick butt MTLD, who meets with me an obscene amount of times…

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Sep 30 2013


This morning I got a surprise call from the office telling me my IEP was about to start and they had someone coming to cover my class. The IEP was for my most impaired kiddo, the one who reads at a kindergarten level and can just about add and subtract. Unfortunately, no one told me…

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Sep 29 2013

Just for Today

“Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.” Each day I want to leave, I need to remember this. I…

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Sep 28 2013

Quitting is not an Option

I feel like a wuss. Like I’m weak. The amount that I want to quit is overwhelming. I just keep reminding myself the just for today, quitting is not an option. Ms. D reminds me daily, “If we were quitters we’d quit, but thank God we are not quitters.” She provides me mental sanity and…

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Sep 27 2013


This year is kind of interesting because I think I have a larger group of truly gifted students than I have in past years. For instance, I have students who in one week have learned how to multiply two-digit numbers by two-digit numbers perfectly, using three different methods (which, if you don’t remember 4th grade,…

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Sep 27 2013

From all sides

I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m the first to admit that. I don’t know how to teach. I feel so impotent. I stand in front of the room and see my little second graders not getting the knowledge they deserve and it pains me. I want my kids to have an experienced teacher, but…

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Sep 26 2013


So, clearly I haven’t been blogging. Why you ask? I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this teaching thing. TFA institute sucked, but it was a joke compared to really teaching, which I anticipated. My school is, well, unsupportive to say the least.  Teach for America is a bunch of different things and my…

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Sep 22 2013

Last year’s scores!

So how’d it go? Well, it’s now Year 3 in my placement school, same grade, same classroom, but I’ll tell about that later. I want to just do a little review on last year, now that the almighty test scores are in. Those of you who’ve been with me for a while might remember that…

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