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Mar 13 2012

burnout cycle

One of these days, when I’m feeling clever and coherent, I’ll write a full-on post about the cycle of burnout teachers go through.  Beginning about 3 weeks before each break, it begins, culminating in the week before the break. At this point, I’m sick of teaching.  Sick of my kids, sick of taking attendance, sick…

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Mar 06 2012


Misconception #2,532 about teaching: teachers get summers off. We don’t — not really. I have a week of curriculum planning at the end of May, Pre-AP training/leadership the second and fourth weeks of July, and district professional development beginning in August. So I do get June off, but after that I’ll pretty much be working.…

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Feb 28 2012

the three-week mark

Just FYI, about three weeks before any school break, the kids get squirrily.  Or continue to be squirrely.  Or intensify in squirrely-ness.  They’re done, I’m done, we’re all done.  I have 12 more school days.

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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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Nov 28 2011

telling the truth

I’m going to echo all of the recent posts and say that Thanksgiving break was GLORIOUS.  It was so nice to be home in sunny California and see my family for the first time since the end of May.  Coming back was very difficult, though.  It’s amazing how in one week you can forget all…

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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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Nov 10 2011


I thought that it’d be easier to go to work every day as Thanksgiving got closer. Nope. It’s harder.

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Jul 04 2011

weekends at Institute

We all re-charge in different ways, I guess, and that’s never been as evident to me as it has been at Institute.  I’m always shocked at just how useless I’ve been on the weekends here, at least for the first 24 hours.  I guess the weeks are so intense that the best I can do…

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