So… Yeah…

So… Yeah…

I started teaching three years ago with a temporary teaching certificate. Since I don’t have an education degree (though my masters is focused on educational leadership) but did have a degree in my subject area (I have a BA in English), I was able to apply for a temporary teaching certificate in the state of Florida that gave me three years to basically complete an educational degree program. So, for the past two years, I have been taking classes at night, on the weekends and online to get that degree…

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5% of Middle Schoolers

5% of Middle Schoolers

Today in school I was teaching about tone in your writing. How to select the correct words to create your desired tone. This, in turn, creates the right mood with your reader. When you are able to command tone, you are essentially able to command the emotions people experience. Powerful stuff. My students ate it up. I was talking about how we can use the same words but in different ways to create different tones (tomorrow they will get a word bank of vocabulary words and they’ll have to write…

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Better Run, Run, Run

Better Run, Run, Run

I can usually tell how I’m feeling about life in general based on how my running is going. Right now, I can barely get my butt out of bed. I am dragging fo’ sho’. I haven’t skipped a day when I was scheduled to run yet, but I have certainly shortened my distance and slowed my pace. This morning, Sarah was going to run with me but she texted at 5:15 to say she was taking a rain check. I laid there for a while, dozing in and out of…

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Se Habla Espanol

Se Habla Espanol

When we were in Costa Rica, everyone spoke Spanish. (Side note: I just re-read that sentence and it is the dumbest thing I’ve ever written. No crap they spoke Spanish…what else would they speak?!?!) Anyway, I remembered how much trouble I had learning a language in school. In high school, my mom made me take Latin because I wanted to go to law school and she told me that Latin was the root of all language – even legal language. I didn’t learn anything. My Latin teacher was also the…

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The Accidental Teacher

The Accidental Teacher

I sort of fell into a teaching career. That’s probably not what the parents of my students want to hear, but it’s the truth. I always thought I’d be a lawyer, actually. But when Chris got into graduate school at Yale about two weeks after I was accepted to law school, I decided to go with him to Connecticut and to turn down law school. When we got to Connecticut, I worked in the legal field for another year before finally deciding it really just wasn’t for me. So I…

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My Long Day

My Long Day

One of my favorite things to read online are schedules of people’s days. That and pictures of inside people’s refrigerators. I like mundane things. So, I thought I’d take you along with me on my day today, which, by the way, was not a great day. In fact, it was pretty awful. By the time I sat down to blog tonight, this is what I looked like: 5:00am – Gracie woke up because she’s not used to the new time thing yet 5:01am – Bean woke up because he heard…

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Teach On

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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Edumacation

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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