If You Want Something Done, You’ve Got to Make It Yourself!

If You Want Something Done, You’ve Got to Make It Yourself!

This past December was the end of the first semester at my school.  Like most schools, endings of weeks, months, quarters, semesters usually mean reports are due for teachers.  I was sifting through spreadsheet after spreadsheet, trying to comb through the random data I had been able to collect while teaching that quarter and I found myself wishing there was something I could use to easily organize, sort, store, and report on my data for me – ALL the data. Any classroom teacher will tell you that reporting on data…

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Classroom Tour 2016-2017

Classroom Tour 2016-2017

Imaginary friends, how I have missed you so!  I have been swept up in the back to school craze of pre-planning.  By the end of the day, my brain is shot, my feet are tired, and I can barely form sentences.  I am not used to being productive OR friendly for this long!  Summer has gotten me out of social shape!  But I have gotten myself to a great spot and I am getting pumped about this coming school year. I thought I’d share a little tour of my classroom…

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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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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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A Day in the Life: Teacher Edition

A Day in the Life: Teacher Edition

If you’ve been around here long enough, you know that I am an eighth grade language arts teacher.  If you’ve been around here even LONGER, then you know that this is a career shift for me, as I was formerly in an administrative role at Yale University.  If you’ve been around here since God was a child, you probably also know that I got my Masters in Educational Leadership while working full-time at Yale.  While my career path has been centered on education in some capacity for the past ten…

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A Celebratory Splurge

A Celebratory Splurge

A few weeks ago, my principal asked me to go on the morning announcements one morning to share some information about a fundraiser I am doing with a club that I am the advisor for at my school. So, that morning, I headed down to the TV production studio with my data and supplies to make my announcement. My principal came in to make an announcement, too, and sat down next to me. “What are you doing here?” I asked. “Oh, I have to make some teacher and student presentations,”…

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Surviving Survival Mode

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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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

This is my last week home with the kids before they head back to daycare next week and I start my official week of preplanning at school. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I am about two seconds away from dropping my kids off at some ranch somewhere with a kindly farmer. I think they’ll be happier with wide open fields to run around in. That’s what my parents did for our family dog, Buddy, when we were in high school. My mom swears he was wagging…

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This Video Will Self Destruct

This Video Will Self Destruct

So, a few weeks ago, I was sitting in my kitchen, enjoying a few glasses of wine, and flipping through my school calendar.  Suddenly, I realized that 8th grade day was coming up soon.  Our school does a big 8th grade celebration day at the end of every year.  All 8th grade students and teachers get to skip classes all day and participate in a lot of really fun activities.  There is free time outside, where you can knock teachers into the dunk tanks, play basketball, dance to music on…

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Giving Joy Away

Giving Joy Away

Here’s a very weird fact about me. When I’m mad at you, I’m going to give you a present. Isn’t that weird? Even I have always thought that was weird, but it’s an odd little fact. When I’m angry or frustrated or irritated or just plain mad at you, I’m going to go out and buy you a present. Especially if you’re name is Chris and we have been married for eight years. But I’ll do it for other people, too. I think I used to do it subconsciously. I’d…

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