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Feb 27 2013

Prop them up, or let them fall?

We completely ran out of paper at my school today, requiring me to ration the small stockpile I had throughout the day to make sure I had enough lesson packets for my students.  This is far from the first time this has happened. But when I saw the principal this morning he seemed completely puzzled by the paper shortage, which is unusual.  There was a rumor going around that he thought a disgruntled former employee had stolen the boxes after they were delivered and sitting outside. Stranger things have happened at this school.
During a discussion in my grad class last night, a colleague made the comment that many corps members in our region are propping up struggling schools, like mine, that might be meant to fall.  Despite the millions of comments and observations on charter schools I’ve read and heard in the past two years, this stuck out.  We are…

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Jan 03 2013

Back to School Cookies

It’s amazing how well-behaved and friendly students can be after a long winter break. Though I’d like to think they missed me terribly, it probably had more to do with the fact that I brought in a huge tray of my grandma’s leftover Christmas cookies. M: “Wait, is that fudge? I never knew I liked…

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Dec 06 2012

The Crayonmaker

Ms. S, what is that? What IS that? What is that box? Why is that here? Why is it called a Crayonmaker? Can we do science now? ————————- Is it going to melt the crayons? Can we eat what it makes? Can I have a crayon? Can I? How about me? Not fair! ———————- It’s…

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Dec 06 2012

Hell Week

Last Monday, three of my kids were caught stealing from the Holiday gas station next to my school when they were supposed to be boarding their buses. On Tuesday, one of my kids was suspended for throwing a paperback book at me while I was teaching. On Wednesday and Thursday, everyone was back in action…

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Nov 02 2012

Yes to Obama, No to Star Wars

Here are some happy quotes, because this week has been rough. All are from answers to this week’s current events questions:   Who do you think is going to win the election?  Why? Obama because a lot of people are voting for him. Obama because I like his ideas better Barack Obama he won’t let…

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Oct 26 2012

Eid Mubarak!

Today was the last day of first quarter and the day before the Eid holiday.  The days leading up to and after Eid are probably the easiest to make small talk with absolutely any child in school, because they ALL want to tell you about their Eid plans.  Girls start coming to school early in…

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Oct 04 2012

Comparatively awesome.

I just read a post by another second year about how year 2 of TFA is just so much more “even.”  That captured my feelings about the past 6 weeks so perfectly that I finally worked up the motivation to write a decent-length post about Year 2 so far. Ridiculous things are still happening at…

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Sep 25 2012

Is this real life?

After telling myself all weekend that I would avoid going into work, I drove to my school late last night to make copies for Monday morning.  (Like usual, several other CMs were there, too). I walked out to my car in the school parking lot about an hour later to find that someone had thrown…

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Aug 11 2012

Zombies: America’s next achievement gap?

I’m in D.C. this weekend at a Bellwether Education conference for teacher bloggers.  According to the current presenter, I should not annoy my readers by using “trolling” headlines like the one above.  Whoops. In all seriousness, I’ve been learning a ton of great stuff about blogging in general, and specifically for teachers who want to…

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Jun 14 2012

Tomorrow’s the day.

The LAST day. A day that, for a decent amount of time back in the fall, I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to as a teacher. All dramatics aside, I’m very much ready for a nice long break before I can even start thinking coherently about changes I’ll be making next year. The last…

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