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Sep 29 2012

When Time Passes

A boy, again in a red t-shirt. Taller now, thin but without provoking the worry I shrouded him with last year. Eager, an unhesitating and wide smile. It’s homecoming. On the track sits a platform with nine chairs, the middle being a white thrown. The girls sitting in four, spaced out, the others vacant for…

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They’re coming! The pen-pal letters are coming! Seven so far, all are glorious. I spent a chunk of Friday and all my downtime during conferences today to create this interactive map. If you click it it’ll open bigger. Some highlights: Strings attach letters to the cities they traveled from All the stamps stapled on the…

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Sep 23 2012

Barack Obama

I tried to read The Audacity of Hope my first year teaching. I got through the introduction, absorbing nothing, and left it in my classroom for months, not interested enough to finish it. This baffles me now, as I struggle to set it down for the night at page 76, in the middle of the…

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Sep 21 2012

The difference // Skateland

Last year and this year are simultaneously no different and completely different. I feel massively more effective and ineffective. I love and hate everything. For this week, my lowest homework average is 80%, and my highest is 96%. My student who is reading on an 11th grade level (according to STAR testing, but still…) wants…

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Sep 18 2012

Running, Observations, ProSat

I promised myself I’d be in bed eight minutes ago, but I still have to finish this and read a chapter of my book. My skin is dry. Today was cold: in the 70s. Arkansas meets fall 2012. After school I was exhausted, utterly, but went to the Arkansas Post with the girls and ran…

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Sep 18 2012

On Teaching Writing

I contacted 22 parents today. Only one report was negative. It’s week 5, and I’m wondering about my planning. If I’m doing anything remotely productive. I feel this year I’m doing the exact opposite of my first year. First year: completely rely on content, break things down into bricks and stack them up. Missing brick?…

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Sep 17 2012

Other things

For the second year, I re-wrote our block/activity schedule because band students don’t figure out their instruments until four weeks into the school year. Today my vice principal said he’s going to try to get rid of band because of the logistical issues band presents. I immediately started fantasizing about vivid, fact-filled powerpoints convincing him…

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Sep 10 2012

Three years gone: a reflection on Mama.

Three years ago, somewhere near 9am, I was sitting in design class with Bruce. He was floating; it was independent work; my dad called; my mom had died an hour earlier. Time — . In my family, I’m the one who, in the words of auntie on the phone tonight, “might go inside yourself a…

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Every night, sixth graders respond to a prompt in their Writers’ Notebooks. They have very little guidance or requirements aside from filling an entire page. Prompts are either a quote or topic like “my future” or “my home”. I collected 5 notebooks from each homeroom class on Friday and read through them all this afternoon.…

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