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Mar 15 2013

Lesson Planning on my Birthday

The title for today’s blog is what I do NOT want to happen.  And so, I am working on my lesson plans today instead of going out and spending my Friday off doing more interesting and fun things.  But it will be worth it when I can enjoy my Sunday birthday free of lesson planning…

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Mar 03 2013

What do I want my students to say?

Yesterday, we had ProSat.  Which was annoying because we just had ProSat two weeks ago, but with both Mississippi and Arkansas Spring Breaks coming up (yes, I am counting down the days and it is five) they had to be scheduled very close together. Anyway, at our Diversity and Inclusiveness session, my MTLD asked us…

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I sent Nick this text message Tuesday afternoon: “My 4A block was the wooooooorst today.  I nearly hit someone with a stapler.  But I didn’t.  So the good news is I’m still employed.” And then when I returned to school on Wednesday morning to a 1B block that was almost as terrible as my 4A,…

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Feb 11 2013

Doing something right

Today was…less than perfect.  I mean, not terrible, but seriously not good either. BUT.  One student of mine who consistently misses my first block class because he never gets to school on time came to me today and we had a really serious conversation about where he wants his life to go and how he will get…

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So, driving home from work today I had a really sad realization. With the exception of a few of my students, I realized today that nearly none of my students will be ready for college when they graduate high school. And I say this not because I don’t believe in my students, but because even…

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Jan 24 2013

What causes misbehavior?

Yesterday, during my planning block, they announced for a list of students to report to the library.  As they went through the names, several teachers commented that the students on the list were some of their worst behaved students. Later, during my next two blocks, there were several of my own students pulled out of…

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Jan 21 2013

Still in my pjs at 2pm…

…this is a luxury I do not have very often these days now that a I am a real “adult” with a real job and errands and such to run on weekends.  So I am enjoying my day off, even if it has consisted mostly of lesson planning and notebook grading. That said, I have become a…

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Jan 14 2013

The teacher I imagined I would be…

I love writing blog posts when I feel very happy and positive.  And right now, I really feel genuinely happy. : ) **Side note: The only thing really getting me down is this rain and COLD.  And let me tell you, I can pinpoint the exact second it became cold in Jackson, MS.  I was…

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Jan 08 2013

Thoughts on being a grown-up.

LORELAI: You know the one thing that grown-ups don’t call themselves? RORY: What? LORELAI: Grown-ups. Huh they say “adults,” and they pronounce it “ah-dults.” –A quote from one of my favorite shows, “Gilmore Girls” As my Christmas holiday/break from school/stress was winding down, I came across a blog post entitled “Top Ten Signs You’re an…

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Dec 16 2012

Teacher Happies, Rats, and Germs.

This week was full of ups and downs. The downs mostly being students that were out of control loud and disrespectful. The ups: – I got new lights in my room which is awesome wonderful and I can SEE again!!  There were close to twenty light bulbs that were burnt out and they have ALL…

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Dec 05 2012

Sunshine on a cloudy day

One of my students.  Comes into third block everyday.  Doesn’t look at me.  Doesn’t acknowledge me.  Doesn’t say a word.  Puts his head down.  Refuses to work or sit up or participate or open his eyes for the next 90 minutes.   And today….. he came in.  Gave me a high five (I mean a…

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Nov 28 2012

Happy Days.

Two good days in a row, so I just had to let you all know. (That rhymed) But yesterday all my  classes were so good!  3B even walked TO lunch quietly.   Back from lunch is a different story and they’ve now lost bathroom privileges, but that was the only bad part of the day.  My…

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These are the three words I am making my students reflect on this week.   1.  Who is someone that you RESPECT?  Describe how you treat this person in order to show them that you RESPECT them. 2. Tell about a time you showed a great deal of RESPONSIBILITY.  Why is this a great example…

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First.  Parent teacher conferences.  To quote one teacher in my hall, “It’s like Christmas!” Seriously, though.  You should be required to meet your student’s teachers before your child is allowed to attend school.  It’s such a breath of fresh air to hear that, yes, of course this student’s mother/father/auntie/grandmother/etc want him/her to do well!  And…

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Oct 15 2012

Trying hard to stay positive.

When students break your stapler, loose your example project, leave their homework on their desks, talk incessantly, don’t care about class points, take over an hour to shut up and take notes, and ignore every request you make….. at least there are:three students who stay after for extra help, a friend to fix your stapler,…

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Oct 12 2012

Finally…. [sorry about that]

I know, I know….I haven’t posted since the hurricane. For me, when the going gets tough, the tough get…busy…too busy to blog in fact.  Or too tired.  But ANYWAY…here I am.  With a full (and by full I mean extremely shortened due to the huge amount of time that has passed since I last posted)…

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Aug 29 2012

On a Non-TFA-Related note…

We have off today for the hurricane.  I got to sleep in.  It was great.  Ruth Anne and Jenna hosted a “Hurricane Brunch” which was lovely and delicious. But anyway, I was sitting with Gigi eating dinner.  I gave her some food so she could eat with me.  When I feed her, the two fish…

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Aug 20 2012

Having good days.

Our principal sends us an inspirational “Quote of the Day” every morning and today’s really stood out to me: ———- You have to come to the place where you can say, “I don’t have to have my way to have a good day.  My plans don’t have to work out for me to be happy.  Everybody doesn’t…

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Aug 19 2012

Weekends are for Regaining Sanity

Well, week one had some high highs and some low lows…Friday was especially rough and I went home feeling a little (read: a lot) lost and upset and confused and discouraged. Struggling with things like: -how to make the same activity that works GREAT in one class work equally as well in another class…its difficult…

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Thank goodness. : ) I had a great first day, which was an “A” day, because we are on block scheduling.  So that means that on Monday I had a second first-day with a whole new group of students, my “B” day students.  And it was less-great.  Much less-great.  I felt disappointed and thought that…

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Aug 11 2012

First Day Happiness

I love my kids.  They are awesome.  And I am so excited for this year. We had an excellent first day together (although only 4/7, 7/25, and 14/27 of my students were here today).  Everything went smoothly, the students were well behaved, and we had a nice time introducing ourselves to each other.  Reading the…

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Aug 09 2012

Tomorrow

Excited.  No other words to describe how I feel at this moment. A few days ago I was silently freaking out.  I journaled something along the lines of, “What the heck am I doing?! I don’t know how to teach.  I don’t know anything about Physics, let alone teaching it!  I have a million posters…

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Aug 02 2012

School starts in how many days?

Seven.  School starts in seven days. In seven days I will drive to Lanier High School and meet my Physics class and two of my Physical Science classes.  And now you are thinking…woahwoahwoah!  Last post, institute had just ended!  Where did the time go?  Good question.  Let me catch you up because I have been…

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Jul 15 2012

End of Institute.

Well, institute has come to a close and I am ready to go.  I am packing and ready to go and move into my new home in Jackson. The complicated plan is as follows: move out Wednesday morning, stay with a friend in Jackson Wednesday night, fly to Philly Thursday, Nick and I drive in…

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Jul 09 2012

Highlight of my week.

File this under AWESOME: I was talking with a few of my students today as we waited for the others to get back from the bathroom so we could go to lunch and I asked about their weekends, etc.  I asked them if they were excited for summer school to be finished or sad.  And…

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