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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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Kids get crazy the week before holidays.  Even the kids that are normally angelic have been bickering, and some of my more difficult students have been well-behaved.  One week from today, I’ll be in California!!  I don’t know how I’ll react to seeing my friends and family, honestly.  I left my first-name self in California,…

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If you could go back to a week before your first year of teaching, what would you be doing during that last week? What’s the baseline of stuff I should have done before school starts?

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Jul 31 2011

sphere of influence, man.

I love my new town.  But I’ve definitely seen a lot of things that are deeply unsettling to me.  I have to realize, though, that: 1. I have absolutely no right to judge. 2. It’s not my job to change these people. My job is my classroom, and that’s what I can control.  I can…

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Jul 30 2011


That’s the best word to describe me right now.  I got back from Math Pilot Orientation on Tuesday night, and since then I’ve been completely overwhelmed with all of the work I have to do.  I don’t have the energy to do a cohesive blog entry, so I’m going to do bullets. I’ve been spending…

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Jul 10 2011

blogging before lesson-planning

Before I buckle down and catch up on lesson-planning, I thought I should blog.  So.  Week 4 of Institute was awesome — I definitely had some rocky days, but my teaching is really improving.  As usual, the week just flew by, and by the time Friday night came, I felt like I had been hit…

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Mar 22 2011

return of the recluse!

As moving across the country/Institute/my new life approaches, I find myself pulling back from my friends here.  And when I have the opportunity to meet new people, I don’t really see the point – my chapter here in So Cal is closing, and the people who have been in my life for a long time…

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Feb 19 2011

the fun has arrived!!

My Big Box O’ Pre-Institute Work came in the mail today!  So exciting!  It included a copy of Teaching as Leadership, a big huge book of readings to do, an instruction booklet, and a DVD with all these cool video clips!  I know some people think it’s a chore, but compared to my homework 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