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Jun 23 2010

Times they are a-changin.

Today was field day, which basically just erupted into a giant water-war thanks to the assistant principal. There was a time when he and a few other teachers were standing on the roof of the school throwing water balloons down on the crowd of kids below. It was hysterical! He made a few rules which…

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Jun 14 2010

I have sadly neglected my teaching blog. My free time, once consumed by teaching things, has once again become my own. At the end of my third year as a teacher I feel like I finally have a balance between work and life. If I wasn’t able to create this balance then I don’t think…

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Nov 14 2009

3rd time’s the charm

We have a handful of school days left before Thanksgiving. The honeymoon is long over, but at this point the kids know the expectations and proceedures so little time is wasted doing the things that drive teachers crazy. I’m loving my students at this point in the year. I do have a couple of kids…

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Aug 31 2009

I think I won. I know it’s sounds silly that I feel like I have been in an epic battle for control of my classroom between J.C. and myself and I won. Today she wrote on her assignment (after she finished it early, by the way) “Ms. D is my best friend!” I was so…

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Aug 19 2009

The best teaher evner!

I hate this part of the year. I’ve gotten through 3 days and it is making me realize how lucky I was last year. I should have looped with my students from last year. I miss them dearly. I hate the monotony of going over rules, proceedures, rules, proceedures, rules, proceedures over and over until…

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So I gave my third grade students the end of second grade math assessment that I’ve given my students each year. Once again they bombed it hard. I have identified 6 students who have a good grasp on most 2nd grade skills and will be fine once I brush off the summer rust. That leaves…

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Aug 17 2009

Day 1, Year 3

I began this year very relaxed and not nervous in the slightest. After my two years as a teacher I feel like I have experienced (and survived) every single crazy situation that could possibly come my way. I felt confident that any strange situation that might pop up would not be any match for the…

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Aug 11 2009

3rd year teaching 3rd grade

I’m officially a TFA Alumni, and I just graduated from my master’s degree program this weekend. I am returning to teach the same grade at the same school. Yesterday the new year began (no kids yet, just teachers) and I was absolutely dreading going into school. However, once I got there I was very happy…

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Jan 08 2009

SRI success

We took the SRI test today to gauge reading lexile score. My understanding (from TFA) is that an improvement of 100 points would be the equivalent of a year’s growth. With that understanding, 150-200 points growth is a good TFA style goal for reading improvement. My class’ average growth so far this year is 116…

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Jan 05 2009

Halfway done with the second year and I haven’t cried once! It’s really remarkable how much better this year is and how much I am enjoying my students. I had 6 who didn’t show up for school today, including my two trouble makers, so it was a very peaceful day. I spent some time this…

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An Elementary School Teacher in the Show Me State

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