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Dec 30 2011

“Maybe you never heard of it…”

I spent a good portion of today catching up on grading and FINALLY putting everything into an online gradebook, Engrade, which so far I’m very happy with.  When grades are due in 2 weeks I should easily be able to avoid a repeat of frantically grading all day and then still missing the deadline. Since…

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Dec 22 2011

Christmas is not even a real religion.

When we came back from Thanksgiving break, I had four straight weeks of teaching staring me in the face.  Just 1.5 days to go now, and it still seems a little impossible.  These past four weeks have been anything but easy, even though it’s definitely not October anymore and I swear a lot of people…

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Dec 01 2011

The round-up

Assignment:  Write a one-page fiction story on a topic of your choice, using correct grammar, punctuation and organization. (Teacher’s note:  They could have picked ANY topic they wanted.  This came from a boy who has semi-serious behavior issues, but has been doing better ever since his older brother came in to talk to me and…

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Dec 01 2011

Why I haven’t posted for 2 weeks

Two weeks ago, I started writing a long post about my worst week as a teacher so far.  Surprise, surprise:  it wasn’t about my kids (though they’ve recently taken post-Thanksgiving behavior fallback to a new level). For several reasons, that venting post will never see the light of day.  But to make a very long…

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