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Oct 29 2013

Dumas Man Killed

I am trying to get my internship log completed by the October 28th deadline. The only problem is October 28th ended 14 minutes ago and my log is empty because I didn’t do any of the 34 required activities. I started to complete one, just now, called a “Demographic Narrative.” Relative to my last post,…

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Oct 28 2013

What is the price we pay for “Every Child”?

“I’m out of here.” And just like that, Steven* picked up his backpack, hopped out of his desk, and made his way to the door. I deftly interposed myself between him and the door before he could leave and gently asked if he’d like to talk about it. “Yeah, I guess so.” I shot out some…

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Oct 28 2013

Where did Fall Break go?

I’ve had the last two weeks off! Because we’re on a full year calendar, we are blessed with a two-week Fall Break during the dreaded month of October. This break couldn’t have come at a better time. As we near the end of October, students and teachers alike have been working hard for three months…

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Oct 21 2013

Teaching the Achievement Gap

There are four responsibilities: 1) teach sixth grade, 2) plan professional development for 21 first year teachers (and begin to plan summer training for 35 new first year teachers), 3) complete three grad classes this semester, including an internship, and 4) train for a half marathon in a month, full marathon in February. There is…

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Oct 21 2013

How to fix the education gap (part 2 of several)

One of the reasons I see education devolving to a colonial model rather than a nationalized system is the inability to separate teaching values and culture from math, science, and reading.  No matter what you teach, you’re teaching values and culture. In our school we begin the day by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and…

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Oct 13 2013

How to fix the achievement gap (part 1 of several)

I just made it to October break in my second year.  I thought about saving these ideas up for a final wrap-up at the end of my TFA experience, but I figured, “What the hell!”  Let me provide a little background for my opinions.  That way, Gary What’s-His-Name will know what he’s dealing with if…

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Oct 09 2013

Complacency

All the little things have been creeping up and it almost caused me to lose my cool today. We’re two days away from Fall Break the kids are ready for some time off. They haven’t had a long weekend since Labor Day and it shows. It’s nothing big- office referrals around the school are still…

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Oct 06 2013

Sometimes I Forget

This morning I lived the life I might have 10 months from now. I woke up just a mile from downtown little rock, in SoMa. Pulled on my running shoes and brushed my teeth. Started out. Feet pounded the first mile to the Marriott, former Peabody, then turned right toward the Clinton Center. Smiled at…

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Oct 06 2013

Technological Impediment

About two months ago I attended a district-wide assembly of teachers and staff. The assembly was to boost morale and get everyone pumped for the new year, as well as show off some of the “great things” happening in our district. One of these “greats” is a technology project that gives every student the opportunity…

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Oct 04 2013

“Nah Mister. I don’t do homework.”

In my first month on the job, I’ve already heard all kinds of stories about the disaster zone that was Barringer High School in years prior.  With horror stories from students pulling fire alarms multiple times each week to riots in the parking lot to students organizing fistfights against staff members, the Barringer of yesteryear––to say…

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