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Nov 23 2011

Thankful Turkeys.

As I left Kansas City last night on an airplane to travel far, far, away from my stress and anxiety and be with my family and love for the holiday I reflected on the day. I made my students make Thankful Hand Turkeys. They had to write four things they were thankful for on each…

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Nov 14 2011

30 Percent.

30% of the absences are filled at my elementary school. Meaning 3 out of 10 teacher absences are actually filled with a sub. This means 7 out of 10 absences are filled with… regular teachers. One too many subs have declared that they will not return to our school. My already over capacity classroom of…

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Nov 14 2011

A Case of the Sundays.

My least favorite part of the week is Sunday. The anticipation for Monday and the week ahead stresses me out. Bring it on Week 14. Bring it on!

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Nov 11 2011


Today we had a power outage… that lasted a hour and a half. Our school does not have windows so when the lights went off, it was practically pitch black. It was unfortunate. My takeaway from the day: My kids will not survive if we have a real emergency. Guess we need to work on…

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Nov 11 2011

I Feel Like A Teacher.

I finally felt like a teacher yesterday! It was amazing, wonderful and so exciting. I made the assumption that my students knew that there are seven continents… false. So, in the moment, I taught. I quickly searched for a song and my kids jumped up and down, danced and clapped. It. Was. So. Beautiful. Rigor.…

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Nov 09 2011

Best Teacher Award.

According to my roommate, “You are the best effing teacher at your school.” Ha. She said this to me when I told her that I was not put on the district initiative to help TFA and Veteran teachers for SCL elementary schools with planning. My roommate really knows how to humor me. My recommendation for…

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Nov 07 2011

A Month Has Passed.

Basically a month has passed since I almost walked into my Principal’s office and called it quits. Am I better? No. Are my kids doing better? Debatable. Is classroom management under control? Absolutely not. Do I still get sick every day before work? Yes. So why am I still here? I often believe it is…

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Nov 01 2011

Cat Burglar.

Today at recess, a mother came to school dressed like a cat. She wanted her kid. There had been an ongoing custody disagreement, and I had specific instructions to never like the student leave with her mother. She took her child, climbed through a hole in the fence, and would not stop as me and…

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