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Sep 21 2011

“You have a lot to do”

My Shell made a really heavily truthful comment to me yesterday. I, like the silly novice teacher I am, was lecturing the class because a student had said something about not trying on our last test. She said, “Miss, you gotta understand. All four years of high school. Our freshman year, we didn’t even have…

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My school was NUMBER ONE in attendance out of all traditional high schools in the district for the first four weeks. NUMBER ONE!! We’ve always, always been last, or tied for last, or second-to-last. (if this had happened a year ago, I’d probably have attributed this, wide-eyed, to Teach For America’s presence. Which would have…

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My classroom clock is stuck on 12 noon (and 15 seconds). If it read the real time, I might have the chance to be upset that I’m just sitting down to start working at 8:36pm–but I’m going to pretend that I’m stuck in time too and steal this moment to reflect. Tonight was my second…

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Sep 07 2011

Leaving School at 9pm

… 9:15, actually, and loving it! Minus the backache, knee-ache, and foot-ache. Today was one of those days where technically you’re doing work, but you’re not doing anything that takes too much thought or has any roadblocks, so you stay fresh mentally. No Teaching Headache today. Love it. I wish this had been a long…

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Sep 04 2011

Know thy content

I’m pretty good at remembering the math I learned in high school and college, and pretty good even at remembering how my teachers explained it to me or how it was that I formed the understandings that I did. Sure, I might need a refresher here and there on specifics, but usually takes no more…

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Sep 02 2011


Whole Brain Teaching or no, it still sucks when you put off planning your lesson to morning and then oversleep. … or maybe this feeling has more to do with my poor 2nd period. My babies are poisoned and I just want to heal them magically and make them know they can do this. I…

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