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Dec 04 2013

A+ brings sobbing

Been a while. I almost forgot I have a blog. Today the iPads arrived. More: a parade arrived! Principal rolling the cart, AP telling me she’s nervous, Curriculum Coordinator taking notes, iPad coach man chatting up my kiddos, Literacy Coach explaining what “interfere” means, and Parent Center Coordinator snapping some shots, probably for the school…

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Dec 03 2013

Let Your Kids Be Your Hope

my kids are awesome

For all of you first year CMs who are having the worst month of your life right now, this post is for you. IT DOES GET BETTER. THERE IS HOPE. BELIEVE IN YOUR STUDENTS AND GIVE THEM A PLATFORM TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS. THEY WILL ASTOUND, INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE YOU. This time last year, I…

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Nov 15 2013

On reading.

This morning I had tromped completely across my backyard before I noticed my boots had just the tiniest film on them, and that my old principal’s car was covered in frost. I was walking from my yard to the Administration Building, which is the house next door. The two of us have started a weekly…

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Nov 12 2013

Calling all lovers of books!

I don’t need to read all this, Caroline, just let me sign up to help!! Students love books, too. Two years ago, this blog helped me supply my classroom library with favorite titles including the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Percy Jackson series, a whole bin of over 50 Babysitters Club books, Animorphs, Bluford…

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Nov 07 2013

Finding what works

What does work look like?  To some teachers, it’s the sound of pencils quietly scratching on paper and students breathing.  I have tried my best to get there and it just isn’t going to happen.  But I’ve made a discovery.  This particular group of students this year works while they’re talking and laughing.  I know…

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Nov 03 2013

In which it is November 3rd

A co-worker asked me during a professional development session on Friday why I wasn’t writing anymore. I guess I could have told him that this was a TFA platform, and that as a (CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT) “alumna” of Teach For America, I no longer thought I had anything much to say. That’s really…

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Nov 03 2013

Where did all the confidence go?!

Sunday, anxiety riddled mess of a Sunday. Sitting in a Little Rock apartment that is not mine, with Poppy the poodle. Set up around the coffee table with one laptop playing A Bug’s Life, my phone playing Pandora, and this laptop being used for work. Grading in front of me, along with a bottle of…

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Nov 02 2013

“Teachers make miracles happen.”

ACTELA’s college teacher of the year, Shoudong Feng, said the above quote at this year’s Arkansas Curriculum Conference, which I spent all of today and yesterday at. After feeling like the world is falling for the past two weeks, these two days have given me the ability to breathe again. Less guilt, more inspiration, more…

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Nov 01 2013

one day at a time

It’s been a year since I’ve written. Many things turned me away from writing on this blog. I didn’t want to have to censor my thoughts in order to share my opinions about teaching or about Teach For America. I am working on another documentary, but this time I am going to let me students…

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Oct 29 2013

What I see when I walk into other classes

Today, during my plan, I ducked into the computer lab to make some copies for the day. Normally the lab is empty, but because of construction there’s a class in there for the time being, so students were in class while I was making copies and I got a rare view into another classroom here…

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