The Magic of Teaching

The Magic of Teaching

This past Friday was our school’s 8th grade Gradventure to Universal Studios.  Did you have a class trip when you were in 8th grade?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  These kids don’t know how good they have it.  Why, in my day, we carried pagers and walked to school both ways uphill in the blazing Florida heat. But today, kids get to leave school on a big fancy tour bus and go play at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure from 3:00 in the afternoon until 1:00 in the morning. Which…

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Talking to Middle Schoolers

Talking to Middle Schoolers

Here’s what I love about middle schoolers.  They, like me, don’t like small talk.  Not at all.  So sometimes, when adults try to talk to them about school or sports or something generic, middle school students just won’t participate in the conversation.  And, let’s face it.  Most adults would probably prefer not to participate in small talk, either.  It’s just that we are mature enough to know we have to suffer through it sometimes.  But middle school kids are like, “That’s stupid.  I’m not going to talk about that.”  And…

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My Blooming Husband

My Blooming Husband

Last week, Chris was in tech rehearsals almost every night, which means he didn’t get home until about 11:00.  And I was fighting a cold, so I was going to bed when the kids did around 8:00 every night.  Chris and I basically saw each other over breakfast in the mornings, and that was about it. (Have I mentioned how much I hate tech weeks?) On Thursday night, I was finally feeling a little better, so I stayed up late to see him when he got home.  We sat in the…

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Like Wifi

Like Wifi

The other day, I was singing loudly during one of my classes.  This is not an infrequent occurrence, by the way.  I sing and dance often in my classes.  My students are used to it by now.  They just roll their eyes and continue working until I sing myself out.  Sometimes I make up songs about activities we are doing in class, sometimes I sing Disney princess songs (Gracie’s fault), and sometimes – when they are REALLY good and deserve a treat – I rap for them. I submit the…

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Middle School Boys

Middle School Boys

I teach 8th grade.  You need to know this before reading the rest of this story. Now that the scene is set, let’s enter my classroom.  It’s 7th period and the bell has just rung to end the school day.  And I am so glad because my 7th period class is full of middle school boys.  And not the fun ones.  It’s full of those little turds who just annoy you to annoy you.  All day I dread my 7th period. So, yesterday, the bell rang and that familiar feeling…

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The Voices Inside My Teacher Brain

The Voices Inside My Teacher Brain

Sometimes when I tell people that I am a middle school teacher, they give me these horrified looks and say something like, “Are you INSANE?”  And I usually just laugh and say something like, “I know, I know.  But it’s easier to teach them than to raise them…” or something generic like that. Coming back after a two-week winter break, though, I’ve been asking myself that same question this week.  ARE YOU INSANE?!?! My dad used to say that raising girls was like being pecked to death slowly by ducks.  I’m…

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All Good Things Come to an End

All Good Things Come to an End

Last week was my first week back at school.  Boooooooo!!!!!!  Hisssssssssss!!!!!  Students don’t come back to school until August 18, but we had to go back early for a two week training and then our regular pre-planning the week of August 11.  It’s just no fair, I tell you! I spent all last week teaching other teachers about digital technology in the classroom.  My master’s degree was in Educational Leadership and my focus area was in technology in education, so digital curriculum is a passion of mine.  I’ve been lucky…

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If You Give a Teacher a Summer Vacation…

If You Give a Teacher a Summer Vacation…

Last Friday, I had to go to the grocery store. Simple enough task, right? We had a ton of food leftover from the Fourth of July, and our family had been eating hot dogs and pasta salad all week long. We were in need of substance. And milk. I figured while we were out, we should go by this awesome camera store in downtown Orlando that I had been meaning to visit. Colonial Photo and Hobby has been an Orlando staple since God was a boy, I’m sure. And I’m…

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Learning Through Listening

Learning Through Listening

One of the areas I have been trying to work on in my marriage has been truly listening to Chris and then reacting to his needs.  You’d think that would come naturally in a marriage, but it has taken surprising focus on my part.  The listening part I have really been working on and that is becoming much more natural to me.  But the second part that I have discovered our marriage needs is for me to react to Chris’s needs when I hear them. I had gotten in this…

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Family Pictures – A Success!

Family Pictures – A Success!

We have been planning our family portraits with Jenn Hopkins for a few months now.  I took time to plan out what we would each wear.  I scoured Pinterest for props and pose ideas (which were not necessary at all with Jenn…).  I was determined to make these our best family photos yet. And then, I ruined it last Tuesday. One morning, I was having major technology issues in my classroom, and while we waited for tech support to arrive, my students and I were just chatting and hanging out…

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