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Last year nearly 30 students earned failing grades in my class.  And they all failed Physical Science and will need to retake it in order to graduate.  Some of them are in my classes again this year.  Most of them are doing better.  I have watched closely and I don’t think they are doing better…

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Nov 03 2013

The Legend of October

In the teacher-world there is saying that October is the worst month.  You’re just getting out of that “honey-mooning” phase, it’s the beginning of a new term, kids are restless, teachers are tired, and let’s face it: October is just plain LONG and meanwhile Thanksgiving and Christmas still seem a world away. So is it…

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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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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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Jul 01 2012

Levels of Motivation

Here are my levels of motivation, ranked from lowest (1-4: I really, really have no motivation to do these things) to highest (7-10: I would enjoy doing these things) with 5 & 6 being things I would do to avoid doing 1-4 : 1. writing my Thursday lesson plan about how organisms in different levels…

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