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May 05 2012

And the scores are in……

There is rarely a day that has gone by during this school year that hasn’t left me completely shocked by SOMETHING. Sometimes it is a student’s misbehavior. Sometimes it is something an administrator says or does. But, sometimes it just the greatness that is teaching. We took our summative assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday –…

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It seems crazy, my entire first year of teaching is almost over. My summative is on Tuesday and Wednesday. Since I teach foreign language, we did the speaking portion of the summative last week. One of my classes scored above 90%. The lowest was around 78%. So, we are on track to do pretty well!…

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It’s weird. I got up this morning in a fine mood and have been productive all day. Today is the last day of Spring Break, and I did no work over break. Therefore, naturally, I have to pay the price and do it today. But, that really hasn’t been the problem. At least until now.…

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It was once said to me teaching is worth it for the handful of students who you really get to impact. In my Pre-teacher life I thought this sounded naive. In my current teaching life I’d say you’re not kidding. I’m not sure how many of those kids I have for sure, but there is…

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Feb 21 2012

My kids say the darndest things

On the toughest days (which let me tell you – there have been plenty), I sometimes can’t help but just laugh with/at my kids and the things they say. First off, let me just say I have the best kids. The best kids in the Delta. And in America. My kids love me, and I…

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I’ll be the first to say that lately, I’ve been down in the dumps. I don’t know why but I hit a jut. It’s effected my teaching. I vow to fix my problem and increase the “joy factor” in my room – aka make myself happy with myself and my life. I think I re-found…

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Feb 03 2012

Up and running…..

It seems as though I probably should have written sooner, but I haven’t. Forgive me. Since the semester started, things have been a little crazy. I have decided to fully commit myself to the TPRS teaching method which means that at least 50% and pushing upwards of more is in the foreign language. It takes…

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Dec 27 2011

Winter Break

Here’s the truth of the matter: I miss my kids. I miss my school. And I miss my job. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my break thus far, and plan to enjoy the last few days as well. But, this break has made me realize how much I really do love…

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Yet again, I haven’t posted in a very long time. I apologize, kind of. I don’t post every day because by the end of some days – simply existing seems to be a gift from above and I go to sleep and get up and do it again. Many times things happen and I think…

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Another day of my life has come and gone. Sometimes I wonder: did I actually accomplish anything today? Sure, I went to work. Sure, I tried teaching. But did that actually amount to ANYTHING? Let me just re-cap yesterday. The day ended. It was less than great. I knew I was getting observed today and…

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Oct 15 2011

I teach for…..

When I first got to Induction and Institute and I kept hearing so many people saying “I teach for student X, Y, or Z” and then they tell you a story about that student. At first those stories were great, then they just got annoying. I could only listen to stories for so long before…

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Oct 09 2011

Closing out the first 9 weeks

My roommate just said to me: we are 1/8th of the way through our 2 year commitment. My general reaction to that is: WHAT? It really doesn’t seem possible. Some days are long (and painful), but overall I do not feel like I have been doing this for 9 weeks. I think my gut reaction…

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Oct 05 2011

Still alive…..or close to it

It has been forever since I’ve updated this blog. Really, I think it’s because I don’t know what to say a lot of the time. Some days, wait no, I take that back, some periods I feel like I am doing a great job and really teaching. Other periods I am not sure if I…

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It was 2:45 Monday and I had enough. My students in my last period class were talking, disrespecting me, and finally they made a racially insensitive comment. The end. I just stood there for like 3 minutes and breathed and the kids in my room yelled across the room to each other. Then I had…

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Aug 25 2011

Re-energized by the small things

It’s been too long since I last wrote. Between trainings, meetings, health clearances, and whatever else – I have no idea where the time has gone. That’s a lie, I know where it’s gone. I’ve been putting my time and heart into investing students in me, my class, and school. And, letting them know how…

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The long awaited day has come and gone – the first day of school. Everyone seems to say that so much rides on this day. I don’t believe them, at least not yet. What I saw today was that the bell schedule was all wrong, students were in and out of my class constantly going…

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Jul 15 2011

Institute comes to a close

I am officially done teaching summer school. It’s a bittersweet moment. All of my students grew on their end-of-summer assessment, anywhere from 6-23 reading points which is very impressive. Many of them didn’t even answer the writing prompts on the initial exam and on the final exam they answered all of them. Not one was…

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There are officially only 6 days of institute left. Tomorrow, and then next week. And one day next week is our exit exams, so really only 5 days of teaching which makes the work plentiful. Suddenly it is very real about how much our students have to learn and what a short time schedule we…

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I keep trying to remember to blog as often as possible. But, this week it just wasn’t possible. Week 3 has been the hardest by far. The honeymoon period is over, the achievement gap is real, sleep is minimal, but the halfway point has passed. My week can be summed up with saying: teaching is…

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And suddnely it all becomes real. It seems like four years of college and I left thinking I knew everything. Or at least if I didn’t know the answer then I could find it in a book somewhere. For the first time I am up against something that is much larger than a textbook definition,…

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Jun 21 2011

All engines are a go, sort of…..

Yesterday was our official first day teaching. With our lesson plans in hand, copies galore in our bags, watches on wrists, and dressed to impress we hit the classroom as teachers. The first step was meeting our students. I can say that my students for the summer already rock. They were a small bunch yesterday,…

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Jun 18 2011

One week down!

The first week of Institute is over! Never in my life have I ever been more happy to see a Friday But, the first week I learned a lot. So much about……well, everything. And our students arrive on Monday for summer school so I am excited to start actually implementing some of these ideas and…

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The past few days have continued to be content heavy, but specifically in the areas of classroom management, lesson plans, and then my own personal quest to understand how to use the Smart Board that is in my summer school classroom. First – classroom management. This is going to be my biggest struggle, as it…

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Jun 15 2011

Up And At ‘Em

Institute is in full swing, but no students yet. Institute started on Monday and I learned that I will be teaching high school English II (to 11th graders I think) at a school that is an hour away. That means that I have to be up, eaten breakfast, and picked up my packed lunch by…

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Jun 11 2011

Induction – Check!

Induction ended yesterday for the Delta 2011 Corps, and I have to say that we are a pretty great bunch! I have spent the last week with a specific cohort known as the Arts and Humanities. We are the Art, Music, Social Studies, and Spanish teachers who will be teaching in the Delta this fall.…

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