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Apr 12 2012

all the single ladies

Disclaimer: This post has very little to do with teaching.  My kids are fascinated with the fact that I’m single.  They absolutely cannot wrap their minds around the fact that I don’t have a husband/boyfriend.  It’s like I’m incomplete without one.  I mean, they are obsessed.  If we ever have a spare moment, they want…

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Feb 21 2012

the dust has settled

Well, if I hadn’t already, I’ve officially gotten used to teaching.  Or maybe I’m just burned out.  I’m not sure.  The year is almost 3/4 over and it’s like I’ve run out of stress to put towards teaching.  I simply don’t have the capacity to be too stressed out about my job any more. What’s…

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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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Nov 11 2011


We had Character Day at school today!  It was basically like a nerdy second Halloween, where everybody dressed up like a character from a book.  I dressed up as Susan Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia (bringing in the C.S. Lewis of course), and the responses I got from my kids were – ahem –…

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Jul 06 2011

student surveys

In an effort to post more during the week, I’ll post some of my students’ responses to the “classroom culture survey” that the powers that be had us give our kids this week. What has your teacher done to help you know how to behave? take me outside so I can calm down by giving…

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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