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Jul 30 2012

A Great 1st/3rd Day

After two days of frantically running around playing administrator, making sure transitions ran smoothly, ironing out the handful of kinks in the schedule and assigning new kids to classes, I finally was able to spend some quality time with my Sped and Tier 3 students and introduce them to our class theme of being “superheroes”.  Overall it really could not have gone better.  My 4th graders were able to articulate what it means to be a hero and how they should act in the class.  I don’t think they have entirely bought into yet but I plan on asking, “Is that what a superhero would do?”, “Is that how a superhero would talk?”, and “Would a superhero ever give up or quit?” so many times that there will be no misunderstanding on how they should be acting in and out of the classroom.  My 4th grade student who is essentially…

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Although I’ve only been outta school for a week and two days, it feels like a much longer time.  It ALMOST seems like I haven’t seen “my kids” in a month.  That’s probably because about half of them stopped showing up once they got their test scores back.  I say almost because for some crazy…

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Feb 12 2012

In a Funk

I remember how I always heard second semester was so much easier and less stressful.  I’m still debating if I agree with that.  I would agree that it is less stressful in the fact that I’ve mastered how to prioritize and manage my time well enough to not have to arrive at school at 6:30…

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I’m currently trying to sift through all the inexperienced emotions that come with finding out one of your students has been shot.  Attempting to process and deal with this information at 7:55 on a Monday morning, a Monday when both you and students don’t believe you should even be in school but already started on…

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Sep 16 2011

Quick Update

It’s 9:45 on a Friday night.  I live in New Orleans.  So of course I’m going out tonight.  However, before that happens…quick update and I’ll give more details later. First and foremost…I am now one of the Special Ed teachers at my school, along with still being a math teacher.  Very crazy, and the details…

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Aug 31 2011

I Totally Jinxed Myself

So I know I haven’t updated in almost 2 months, and not once since school has started, but like all the other first year teachers (and 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 20th, 30th year teachers) life got pretty hectic once the kids entered the building.  Today my students finally made me cry.  I just told my best…

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Institute is officially over.  I currently am sitting at a terminal in the Atlanta airport waiting to board my flight for Chicago.  The past five weeks have flown by.  I went from unbelievably stressed and worried to calm, confident, and excited.  Teaching is by far the hardest thing I have ever done.  It’s amazing how…

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Jul 04 2011

3 day Weekends Are Great

I didn’t think three-day weekends could get much better than they were during high school and college.  Turns out I was wrong.  I’ve never valued the 72 hours off as much as I have this weekend.  It’s not about the three nights of relaxation and drinking although I definitely didn’t miss out on that.  It’s…

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I have thought about updating this blog every few days but I literally have had no time.  Institute has officially kicked my butt.  Week 4 starts tomorrow and it is crazy to think that three weeks have already gone by yet it also feels like I’ve been living in my Georgia Tech bubble for 3…

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Jun 06 2011

Institute Has Started

So I just ended my first day of Institute and let me say…it has been a busy day! I woke up at 5:15 and had dressed, eaten breakfast and was on a bus by 6:40.  I didn’t get back to my room until 5 where I had 40 minutes to complete some work and facebook…

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