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Mar 15 2013

More bright points (after a pretty crummy week)

It’s amazing how a few (or, let’s be honest, a LOT) of frustrating times can completely blot over the high points of a week.
In an attempt to wipe off the grime from the last part of 3rd quarter:
-Possibly the best teaching adventure ever happened yesterday. I remembered at the last minute, while eating lunch with my ‘lunch club’ of kids that had behaved super well all week, that the nurse’s birthday was over Spring Break. I had forgotten to buy a card, and this was my last chance to do anything. I proposed a secret plan to my 5-kid-strong lunch club group: We were going to run to the snack machine, buy the nurse a candy bar and secretly leave it on her desk. We had already watched her leave her office to go the bathroom, so we knew we didn’t have much time at all.  Within 2 segundos, we…

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Feb 06 2013

Some bright points

One of the best decisions I’ve made recently is to record myself reading a lot of the little easy readers for our listening center. After listening to the libritos so many times, the kids are way more apt to pick them up and start reading them by themselves…. and more apt to pick up other…

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Jan 17 2013

Well, look at me!

After thinking that I might not post again this semester, here I am writing just a few days later. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I have learned from the TFA experience. It’s a question that is going to come up in job/school interviews and casual conversations for the next several years, I…

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Jan 14 2013

No promises

I’m a bit embarrassed that my last post was after the first week of school in August.  At the same time, here I am after the first week of school in January, and I could stop after this and feel content with the symmetry.  That’s not the plan, but it’s an option. To sum up…

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Aug 26 2012

A new year, a new sense of balance

Hello!  It’s been a long time! My first week back at school is over and done with, and now it’s Sunday night. It was a tough week having to get used to planning again, being on my feet so long again, talking so much again, dealing with little kids who are still in summer mode…

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My kids are so freaking competitive.  One pre-k student said the pledge over the intercom the other day, and now I have two weeks’ worth of students waiting THEIR turn to do the pledge. (The scheduling process caused some tears). Now, after one student received so many extra star stamps for her chimpancé exposé, two…

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Yes, one of my English-speaking kindergarteners wrote this.  She had a lot to say about her picture (that was based on my original sentence, “A chimpanzee is playing with the frog.”), so I pushed her to keep writing about it.  I helped her translate her thoughts into Spanish, but then she sounded out the words…

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Feb 15 2012

A five-day weekend

After a snow day and two sick days, I’m going to work tomorrow for the first and only time this week (Friday is a professional day – no class!).  The time off has given me [way too much] time to think.  I had the same calming realization that I had last semester when I took…

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I would argue that the absolute last place on earth that a person would choose to be when sick would be a kindergarten classroom. Can I get an amen?  Miserable.  To wake up with a headache is to know that you will go home with a migraine.  I tried being straight with them:  “Chicos, chicas……

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Feb 02 2012

100 days in

“And, oh, I think we should point out that this is their 100th day of teaching!” After counting sets of 100 Apple Jacks all day and running around making pretty awful 100-themed decorations, I appreciated this split-second recognition by one of my classroom moms. Lord knows that had already crossed my mind a lot…earlier today,…

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