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Mar 28 2012

Recess enlightenment.

The students have just been dismissed for recess, and I’m on the boys’ side today. Neliv comes up anyway; she hovers while I delegate bathroom privileges, waiting for my ears. Half an hour earlier, as she presented to the class why “him and me” was the more appropriate pronoun choice than “I and he” for…

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Mar 27 2012

Tribute to Sarah, 2009 Delta CM.

Sarah Saw In her third grade classroom, Sarah Saw twenty-some kids who, for their next project, should write a non-fiction text. Sarah Saw twenty-some kids who should learn about their individual and collective impact in their own lives, in their own classroom, in their school community, town community, state, nation, and world. Sarah Saw a…

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Mar 27 2012

Burn, girl, burn.

Caroline, on fire: because I am full of sparks, burning blue and rising out orange flames. Brain as catastrophe: charter, public, district, homeschool, private. Grad school, MFA Art, principal’s academy, manager, MFA English. In Arkansas, in Connecticut, in New York, in Michigan. Older, younger, cooperative, not. Brother laughing with long-time friends, sister a two hour…

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Mar 21 2012

Opportunity cost.

A part of me is desperate for headphones, to isolate my brain from this adorable cafe, somewhere near Union Square, on the coldest day of my east coast trip. When I sat down here I stopped to read for 30 minutes, A Wish After Midnight, a self-published book I expected to dislike but don’t. Opened…

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After Brax was unresponsive to both me and Mrs. P, his fourth grade teacher, I had him follow me back to the classroom, where I sat him at his desk with his homework sitting in front of him. I promptly got a thesaurus and placed it on the corner of the desk, saying, “The front…

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It started in front of everyone, waiting for bus dismissal. When I asked Brax to get his homework out and he said, matter of fact, loud enough for the class-plus-10-spill-over-from-next-door to hear, said, “I ain’t doin my homework. I decided not to do my homework.” If you need to know how loaded that proclamation was,…

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Mar 11 2012

Summer and beyond.

Clicking, the satisfying snap when a Lego is perfectly placed, one on the other. Or a button on an old western shirt, a battery back into a computer. Tonight things have clicked into a certain comfort. I have nothing resolved, no new endeavors, I’m just comfortable. Yesterday we had our third grad seminar for our…

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Mar 06 2012

East coast callin’.

Yesterday teaching was impossible; today it was impossible to leave. I haven’t been well-planned this week. I keep telling myself I cannot be burned out because I feel like I’m never actually doing school work. My past three weekends were: Alicia visiting from NYC then taking me down to New Orleans; Alexis visiting from Michigan…

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Mar 05 2012

So level-headed.

I am notoriously unfeeling. Alexis says, “But that’s just Caroline,” whenever someone complains about me seeming callous. I can be pretty excellent at eliminating emotion and getting down to it, tearing through problems and blatantly telling people they’re wrong. But every once in a while something will sneak up, and it’s like havingĀ  thumbs gripping…

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Tuesday I wrote in my paper journal, before school: Regardless, it’s time to go to school. New day, supreme happiness will sneak in! Something glorious will happen! I can’t wait to find out what it is! Talent show auditions and happy students and fantastic things I am so excited for! Happy Tuesday, self-proclaimed best day…

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