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Dec 06 2008

Ice Skating

I took 3 students to the annual St Louis TFA ice skating party and it was so much fun, once again. We stayed until the afternoon to skate with Santa. The kids were beside themselves, they just LOVED holding Santa’s hand and skating around the rink with them. It is amazing to me how quickly…

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Dec 04 2008

Blast from the past

I was looking through my computer files and I read this from about 2 years ago when I was applying for TFA. It made me realize how much my life has changed in that time. Teach For America: Essay As an undergraduate at Michigan State University, much of my energy was focused into organized student…

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Dec 02 2008

Damage control

I’m concerned. Everyday I am more and more convinced that my one problem student has some serious problem that is even deeper than I imagined. I think he was really mad at me because I told him after his 3rd time out that he needed to get rid of his scowl before joining the class.…

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Dec 01 2008

Scandinavia was great!

I was in Stockholm and Oslo last week. As much as I tried to relax and simply focus on being on vacation, my mind always went back to my students. In museum gift shops I was always browsing the kids book section. (I bought 3 books for them, one on Vikings, one with great photographs…

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Nov 13 2008


I have this one student that I am just at a loss about how to help. His academics are just SO low. In all areas he is performing at a pre-K level. He is 10 years old and in 3rd grade, already the 2nd oldest in the class. His mom has told me on the…

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Nov 10 2008

I need to vent

I realize that I haven’t posted in months, but today was just such a crazy day that I can’t help it. First – 12 teachers were out today…unexpectedly. Since we don’t really have subs at our school this meant that I had a blended class, including 9 extra students, putting my total to 35 (a…

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Sep 28 2008

I love teaching math

I returned to school on Wednesday after 2 days of jury duty and was pulled aside by my principal. “I like what you are doing in math.” “Thanks, but I’m only following the curriculum.” “Oh, well, I liked what you did last year.” “Thank you, I love teaching math.” “Perfect, you are our new K-3…

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Sep 14 2008


Todd and I took the plunge. We are going to Stockholm and Oslo for a week in November. We’ve heard it’s not the best time to travel there, as the days are short and cold but not yet snowy and picturesque. However, we are heeding the warning and traveling there anyway. I’m planning to take…

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Sep 11 2008

Year two is great

This year is infinitely more easy than last year. Part of me believes that I have an easier group of students. The other part thinks I’ve grown so much as a teacher that I am more prepared and command more respect and control of my classroom. I reached a point where I LIKE my students…

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Aug 27 2008

I thought somebody died!

About 15 minutes before the doors to the school are open and the kids are unleashed into the hallways I was working in my room. I turned around and one of my students, T.C. was standing right behind me. I am a nervous person, so I gasped and jumped back. I laughed and said, “you…

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