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Jan 09 2012

First Day: Take Two!

Tomorrow starts week 20. Tomorrow is our first day back from break. My room was renovated over the holidays and I was left with a hot mess, but was kicked out of school around 4pm – so tomorrow the hot mess awaits. My resolution for the new school year: to ALWAYS have our morning meeting…

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Dec 28 2011

Will You Marry Me?

On Christmas Eve, the love of my life got on one knee and proposed to me. I accepted. WHAT!? He had been joking that an empty silver box sitting on the table was for a ring for me in 4 years when he could afford to actually buy one. He asked me to dance and…

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Dec 21 2011

On the Fifth Day of Christmas…

my school gave to me… FIVEEEEE SUSPENSIONS. Yep. That’s right. Over the last three days of school, five of my students have been suspended. (Profanity to follow) 1. For calling a girl a whore and kicking her in the stomach during support. 2. For calling a girl a nappy headed bitch and hitting her upside…

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Dec 19 2011

3.5 Days until Winter Break.

Friday, December 23rd, 11:35 am, cannot get here soon enough. 3.5 days left until winter break. 3.5 days left until two weeks in beautiful Wisconsin. It is so difficult to teach this week. Between Christmas programs, excitiment, lack of changing classes the previous week and trying to change classes this week and fist fights, I…

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Dec 10 2011

Midnight Phone Call.

I recently gave one of my eight year old students my cell phone. See, she was suspended off the bus for beating up a first grader, but this girl has NEVER caused severe problems of violence in my classroom. To say that I am concerned about this behavior is an understatement. Well, last night my…

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Dec 07 2011

Grad School – A Hidden Gem.

Oh, Grad School. I guess I did not do enough research about the requirements expected as me and a first year teacher joining TFA. We must continue our education, either with the certification or grad school program. We were able to choose between two schools, a public and private school, and before summer comes, we…

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Dec 06 2011


When I woke up this morning and saw snow a few thoughts crossed my mind. 1. Is there enough on the ground for my first ever (I grew up in Florida) snow day? 2. Do I even know how to drive in the snow? 3. What will this do to my kids? I have never,…

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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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