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Oct 23 2012

what works for me

These are just things that happen to work for me; I’m not sure if they work for everyone or if it’s just my school and my kids, but here they are nonetheless: giving the kids a break. I have 90-minute blocks. 90 minutes is a long time. About halfway through class and/or when their eyes…

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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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Apr 23 2012

time out

Are those rambunctious babies of yours getting you down?  Are you losing your voice just trying to talk over them?  Then look no further, because I have THE answer for you!  Just kidding.  I do, however, have something that happened to work for me last week, and I’m hoping will continue to work.  Maybe it’ll…

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Apr 19 2012

a “hot mess”

It’s the end of the year, and I feel my school slowly starting to unravel. The hallways are crawling with drama.  Drama everywhere.  My principal said he’s been up to his ears in drama every day.  I’m not sure whether all of the students are just sick of each other, or they’re just bored. Probably both.…

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Apr 16 2012

martial law

Two of my classes today were completely out of hand.  I didn’t see these classes all of last week because of Benchmarks, and I knew it’d be difficult to reign them in, but today was ridiculous. My plan for tomorrow is to put them under martial law, basically:  desks in rows and silently working on…

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Mar 08 2012

has anyone read this?

My spring course leaders recommended it, and it just came in the mail:     Has anyone read it?

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Feb 06 2012

it’s not just me, is it?

Does anyone else have 1 class that is disproportionately difficult/loud/obnoxious/poorly behaved?

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Feb 04 2012

calling all consequences!

I need more ideas for individual consequences that aren’t disruptive, don’t disrupt the flow of the class, and, most importantly, WORK! What do you do that works?

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I don’t know what my deal is.  I’ve been in a funk all week, and I’m trying to figure out why. I feel like I’m going through the same cycle of emotions that I went through first semester, and this is the equivalent of September.  I’m going through the whole I’m-jealous-of-every-single-person-on-my-facebook-newsfeed thing, and it’s easy…

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It’s time to actually write a substantial post, but I will share a quote that is going to become my mantra. “People constantly tell you to choose your battles in teaching. What they don’t tell you is that some of the battles not worth fighting are with yourself. Being harder on yourself is not the…

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“God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you who He is.”  -Oswald Chambers I can’t accurately/objectively assess my life right now, and it’s bedtime, so I’m not going to write a long post, but I will share.  Today was the first day back, and it wasn’t really that…

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Well, here I stand, 4 days before the beginning of spring semester and recently returned from 9 glorious days in California.  The time with my family was glorious, as always, and I didn’t really do much. I had a head cold the entire time, so it was a nice excuse to lay around as much…

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Dec 09 2011

ninety minutes

First of all, my favorite quote from the day: One of T’s classmates is bugging him. T: QUIT!!! Me: Never raise your voice to a lady – P: — or you won’t get one! Me: It’s good that you’ve realized that at a young age. My babies crack me up sometimes. Anyway, the current issue…

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While I acknowledge that I have been drinking a lot of Kool Aid recently, and will say that this Institute experience has been preparing me for teaching, I can’t help but think that TFA is not preparing me as well as it could be to be a teacher in the fall. 1. we get unlimited…

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May 11 2011

too good to be true?

So today was my last day at my job, and one of the (incredibly generous) regulars gave me a $100 Borders gift card as a parting gift!  I managed to wait two whole hours before driving down and spending about half of it.  I got Setting Limits in the Classroom and Discipline Survival Guide for…

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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