Confession: Sometimes I Suck at Life

The last two weeks for me have been some of the busiest of the year.  Not only have my own children begun their end of the school year activities (our daycare uses a school calendar, and so their curriculum goes up until the end of school in June, too), but my own school where I teach have started their own end of year activities. Though I am not required to participate in any of my school activities beyond teaching, I love getting to hang out with my students at the…

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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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Edumacation

This week is like the perfect storm of middle school education.  Grades are due (which means I have to finish grading the papers first…), a big report on professional development is due, and it’s Halloween week, which to middle schoolers is like Woodstock.  As a new teacher, it’s all mumbo jumbo to me and so I’m doing the best I can to stay on top of it all.  But because of that, I’ve been super busy during the day and super tired at night, so I apologize for the lack…

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