Small Goodnesses

Last week, I was hurrying through my 6th period class, counting the minutes until the bell would ring after 7th period.  It had been a long day of teaching argumentative writing to 14 and 15-year-olds who argued expertly with me all day that they didn’t really NEED to know how to write essays.  I was ready for my pajamas and maybe a Girl Scout cookie… or 12. I had been walking around my 6th period class for the past forty-five minutes, attempting to control a classroom of low-performing, high-energy students…

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Surviving Survival Mode

Oh, my. The last two weeks have kicked my booty, friends. We have been in survival mode around here lately, but I think we are finally coming out of it.  I can’t remember being this stressed out, frustrated, or challenged professionally in quite a while. Without going into too many details, my school is going digital this year. I have been extremely optimistic since the announcement at the end of the school year last year because I love using technology to teach. In fact, my masters thesis was a study…

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Advice from a Teacher

I get asked a lot of questions about my job. I teach 8th grade language arts, and I absolutely love it. Most of the questions I get are from parents of middle school students who want to know how they can help teachers help their students. As a teacher, I will admit that parents are often left out of the loop when it comes to educating their children on a day-to-day basis. It’s certainly not an intentional thing, but with over 130 students, it can be challenging for teachers (especially…

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Teach On

I’ve gotten several questions lately about my job teaching.  For those of you who don’t know, I used to work in university administration.  And before that I worked in the legal field.  And now, I’m a teacher.  Strange path?  Sure.  But it seems to have landed me just where I belong. My decision to become a teacher sort of came out of left field and was definitely driven by the economy.  I tried to find a university position for six months when we moved to Florida and couldn’t get one. …

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Context

First, let me apologize to you cyber friends of mine for my lack of blogging this week.  The reason for this is my aforementioned preference for YAKKING every half hour.  Makes blogging difficult.  Makes everything difficult, really.  Thanks to you all for you sweet, supportive, tough-love comments about getting over the guilt.  Sometimes you just need a good friend (or a couple hundred) to tell you to get over it and move on.  So, thanks for being those friends.  Also, thanks for all the suggestions about Flintstone vitamins!  I got…

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School Days, School Days

Today is the first day of school for my neighborhood elementary school.   As I drove to work this morning, I passed crowds of parents walking their kids to school.   In front of the school there were pictures being taken and school buses lining the street.   How could I have forgotten such an important thing like the first day of school, I thought.   And then I remembered.   My dad had not called to sing to me. When I was in elementary school, my dad started every…

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I am The Master

As of 6:03 PM on Sunday night, I am officially finished with my thesis. I submitted my final presentation and paper, got a nice email back from my professor telling me I’ll get my diploma, and then danced a jig that would make any leprechaun jealous. You might remember many moons ago when I told you that I had graduated and was finished with my Masters degree. I must have been drunk. Or maybe just incredibly naive. I stupidly believed that if I was allowed to walk at Graduation and…

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