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Jan 26 2013

Charter Corps Members Out There?

This afternoon I was reminded just how bad last year was, nothing much, just a little comment about learning how to unit plan that triggered a real, but thankfully manageable, melt-down. I love unit planning now, but figuring it out from scratch (along with everything else) was completely brutal. It makes me wonder–what about you…

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Apr 19 2012

6th Period.

I took a moment to look around my classroom—just look. It’s not often that I have the opportunity to observe my own class, but my state advisor had offered to teach my class today as my kids review for the state test—now three instructional days away. It’s impossible to believe we’re almost there, but that’s…

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Feb 28 2012

Moments as window panes, in other words.

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. Did you believe it, Emily? TFA tells me that one day, all children… but…

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I feel like in the last few weeks I’ve had a running list of “Reasons why teaching this semester is a hundred times better than teaching last semester even on the worst days, aka, reasons why last semester may have been the worst six months of my life thus far.” I tend to be dramatic,…

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Feb 02 2012


Ironically, as the clock creeps towards midnight, the purpose of this post is to emphasize the importance of sleep. My principal observed me yesterday afternoon, which always makes me ridiculously nervous–why, I don’t know, since you’d think with TFA and the State coming in I’d have gotten comfortable with this whole talking in front of…

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