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Oct 05 2012

read these. “Research by David Dinges at the University of Pennsylvania has found that adults need eight hours of sleep a night – we do not adapt. We just perform at a far lower level than if fully rested. And his research shows that if you have six hours of sleep a night for just…

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Oct 02 2012

what’s going on?

My kids are well-behaved. They actually sit there and do their work. When I have a test, they sit silently and work on the test. They’re not perfect, but for the most part my students respect me. I feel confident in my classroom. I’m not anxious about going to school. I don’t dread it. I…

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Sep 23 2012

helpful for Sunday Syndrome

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is…

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Sep 21 2012

the good

Contempt is a feeling I must never, ever have towards my students. One of my core beliefs as a teacher is that there is good in every student. Despite what I might think after bad days, no student is pure evil. If I’m fed up or personally insulted by a student, I can begin to…

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Sep 18 2012

character ed

I want to work this year on character ed, helping my babies develop as people. Anyone have good resources for that?

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Sep 06 2012


How far can you go with student-led classrooms? I want to get the point where my students do most of the work in running class, almost to the point where they only need me there to plan the lessons and make sure they are doing things right. How much do students lead your classes, all…

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Aug 31 2012

I need them too.

My kids have SO much power over my life.  If I let them, they can totally ruin my day.  But the other side of it, the side that I’m starting to see this year, is that they can totally make my day too.  Sometimes I need them just as much as they need me. I…

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Aug 29 2012

night and day

This year is already SO much better.  For the most part, my students are SO much more well-behaved and I am SO much more confident.  I’ve got most of my year planned out, so I don’t have to worry about lesson-planning. I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Aug 20 2012

second first day

Today went well, I think.  I am totally different, and I’m starting to understand this whole second-year-being-better thing.  I slept like a rock last night (I don’t know how, but I did), and woke up relatively alert this morning.  I got to school at around 7 and did the finishing touches on my classroom and…

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Aug 19 2012

the eve of year 2

I thought about doing a “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” parody, but that’s too much effort.  I’ve spent this weekend frantically getting ready for school to start, and thankfully, I’ve been completely numb.  Last year, I was in a flat panic.  I think I’m just extremely focused on tomorrow. I really think this year is…

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"If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln