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May 25 2010

End of the Year

I figured this would happen but hoped it didn’t.  Once things got better I stopped writing.  I really wanted to continue to write because there are still teachers who are struggling, people who are interested in what is going on in our schools, and new CMs who are wondering what the world of teaching is…

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Dec 03 2009

Holy Cow!

It’s December! Time really flies by these days, so I thought I’d come here and update because it will be 2010 before we know it. I just started coaching softball on Monday and I’m having a blast.  I always played sports growing up and now it’s really cool to be on the coaching end.  It’s…

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Nov 25 2009


I have been angry about this for a while but I am going to officially rant here.  Maybe one day this will all change. So when you teach in a school with a poor grade (we grade schools A-F here in Florida) you are subject to mutiple visits from the region, district, and state.  This…

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Nov 12 2009

Looking Up

A lot has happened since the last time I wrote and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to keep up. First of all, I have to say how amazing Teach for America the organization is.  They are so supportive and so helpful, even when I feel like I’m doing my worst the…

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Nov 03 2009

Getting Better

At least this week!  I don’t know if it is because I had such an amazing weekend or what but I came back to school yesterday NOT dreading it for the first time in a couple of weeks.  On top of that the day actually went smoothly and I even had the class that drives…

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Oct 29 2009

Today Is a Weird Day

We have a planning day tomorrow so the kids are out of school and tonight they have their first dance of the year, the Halloween dance. I keep getting asked by students whether or not I am going, thankfully I am not going to see my teens gyrate all over each other. Apparently, though, another…

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…it can’t get any worse.” — The Beatles I am not sure if this was a national thing or not but here in Miami we were given a chart and article on the phases of first year teaching.  I am definitely in disillusionment phase.  Apparently rock bottom happens in October and doesn’t really go away…

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Oct 16 2009

Week 8 day 5

So couple of different things have happened since I last posted. Yesterday I pretty much freaked out on my worst class.  Every time I have them (we are on block schedule) they do not listen, I send someone to in school suspension, and I’m calling parents.  Nothing is working.  I just kind of snapped because…

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Oct 05 2009

Week 7 – Day 1

So as boring and awful I think i am as a teacher it takes my kids leaving to tell me I am not. Today my second period class was taken away in order to give me a planning period.  Although I am thanful for having planning again, I really do enjoy my second period.  I…

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Oct 01 2009

Interesting Article from the NY Times

It’s testing day here in 1222 which leaves me with a lot of time to read (while periodically looking up to check for cheating of course). As I was catching up on the news of the day I found this interesting article about early childhood education.  It’s an article that claims reasearch is finding out…

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Sep 30 2009

Week 6

I really wish I would have started this blog a while ago, but hey, better late than never. I am in my 6th week of teaching secondary (this year it’s 8th grade) math in Miami-Dade and so far it has been one hell of a roller-coaster ride.  Reading these blogs have helped me many times…

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