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Dec 01 2009

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Unit Test

Oh, hell.   Well, that could have gone better.

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Oct 21 2009


Had my first formal observation this week, and it went really well. I told my kids if they rocked it I would consider doing a pizza party on Friday, and they actually did NOT rock it the way I was hoping they would, but it gave me the chance to display my classroom management to…

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Oct 09 2009


I’m taking my first sick day today. It sucks, but unlike when I had to miss a day to do data training with the district, I don’t have enough energy to be worried about my kids. There’s stuff in the sub folder, the lesson plan/agenda is up on the board. If things go crazy, it…

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Oct 06 2009

Time is (NOT) on my side…

I really don’t have time to be posting, but I haven’t in a while, and I sometimes have felt over the past week like I do nothing but grading. The end of my first nine weeks of teaching is on Friday, and I simultaneously feel like I’ve been doing it FOREVER and like I just…

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Sep 25 2009

Jumping Up And Down

Today was a good day. I just – I have such love and joy and pride in my kids. I don’t know what I expected when I started – I expected the struggle, and the pain, and the exhaustion. I expected to feel helpless most of the time, feeling like I didn’t know what I…

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Sep 22 2009


Today my PD came to my school and observed one of my classes, and then she and my AP and I had a talk about my concerns with my first period class. And what I’ve taken away from this conversation is this: I need to calm the heck down. I’ve been so, so worried and…

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Sep 17 2009



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Sep 12 2009

Teacher Guilt

So here’s the thing. On the one hand, I absolutely and completely love my kids and I’m still having a ridiculously fun time up in front of the classroom. On the other hand, I have such overwhelming guilt – because there’s so much paperwork and I find it so intimidating, and it seems so inextricably…

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Sep 04 2009

At the end of Month 1…

We’re coming up to the end of my first month of teaching, and in the past week quite a lot has happened. I got my first full load of classes a week ago yesterday! I am thisclose to having all my students’ names memorized, too – a lot of them were in my Study Skills…

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Today my kids translated the Fresh Prince of Belair theme song into Standard Academic English as a practice for using SAE during the first draft writing of their first ever five paragraph essay for my class. It was pretty much the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen. I am not exaggerating when I say that…

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Aug 19 2009

“Girl, nobody says boo anymore.”

Oh my god, middle schoolers. I love them. Seriously, they’re so hilarious, and so unaware of adults laughing at them, that it makes me retroactively laugh at the way I was when I was that age. I love listening to the girls in my homeroom gossip, because (if I’m being honest) I’m kind of addicted…

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Aug 03 2009

I Lied.

When I said next time I would have photos of my classroom, I totally was banking on the fact that my classroom would, in fact, be ready for me to walk into it today. It’s not, so I’ve got a long list of things I need to do without actually being physically in the classroom.…

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Aug 01 2009

Back in the 225

Life is really super crazy hectic and stressful. But yesterday I got a ton of stuff done. And I’m starting to feel like an adult. What the hell is that all about? I was definitely not consulted. Next up: photos of the classroom. But for that to happen, obviously I have to actually see the…

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Jul 15 2009

Week 4 of Teaching

Week 1 went slowly. Week 2 went faster than that, and week 3 went even faster. Now it’s week 4, and I’ve got one day left of teaching these kids, and I’m… I don’t know. I’m going to be sad to leave them. Kind of. To some extent. See, I definitely have made progress along…

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Jun 28 2009

Institute – Week 1 Of Teaching

This week I: 1. Spent 30 minutes in one day getting my students to line up to come in from recess. Found myself saying, “That’s not a line, that’s a swarm.” Contemplated just telling them it was ok and to come in. Resisted. 2. Flubbed my math twice in front of students. 3. Flubbed my…

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Jun 07 2009

Why here?

Apparently something people get asked is why they decided to teach in their region, and I think it throws a lot of people off. For me, though, I know exactly why I want to be in Louisiana. My mother left Indiana as soon as she graduated high school (much like me!) and where she came…

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May 07 2009

Restless Brain Syndrome

As the end of my more or less year-long break from reality draws closer, I find myself willing time to go faster – though I know that once I’m at Institute I am going to be desperate for any sort of break. I just feel like I spent so long very determinedly doing nothing, because…

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Apr 26 2009

Things! Things are happening!

I took the Praxis yesterday – Middle School Science and PLT 5-9 – and it’s great to have that done and out of the way. I’m pretty sure I passed, even though there were a few chemistry-related questions on the content exam that I just blatantly had no idea about. My teacher for Honors Chem…

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Apr 10 2009

Walk On, Walk On

I’ve known I was going to South Louisiana as part of the 2009 corps for a while now – I applied in the first round and was really pleased to be accepted. But I delayed starting a blog on TeachFor.Us – which I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing through, by the way – because I have…

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