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School started last Monday. So I am all the way into week 2. My 17ish kiddos are great. They are brilliant, they have personalities, I can be real with them, they push me to be a better teacher, planner, person… I really can’t say enough about them. Even though I have a few tough cookies,…

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Jul 25 2012

One week can make a HUGE difference!

At the beginning of last week, I was so pumped about the coming school year. I had an amazing co-teacher that I had spent the summer with, I had an awesome teaching-team that we had planned and created, I got to go back to my pre-k classroom and see my kiddos, I was packing up…

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Jul 14 2012

Year 1 done, Hello Year 2

Well, today was the last day of Institute and my time as a Faculty Advisor. I learned so much this summer. I especially grew as an advocate for children, a coach for other teachers, and in my own teaching abilities. Next week marks the last week of Year 1. We are packing up classrooms and…

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Monday marks the first day of Institute here in Tulsa. On Monday, I will meet the 4 new Corps Members who will be teaching the babies in room 17 for most of the summer! I should probably note that I barely know the 16 babies in room 17. My room of 20 babies in room…

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“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein I saw this quote during spring break and I have been conscious of its meaning to me the last few days. When I think of this quote, I definitely see Pre-K. These kiddos don’t know who they will be in twenty years. They…

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Mar 14 2012

Leadership

Now that I am heading into Spring Break next week and I know I have a week of pure bliss and nothing to do, I can finally look forward to the rest of this school year, the summer, and next fall. My MTLD has suggested that the 5 of us 1st years (soon to be…

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So we have had a friend with disabilities in our classroom since mid-November. We will call him S. S is a sweet, sweet boy, who honestly has claimed my heart and ran with it…but besides that, he is a huge part of Room 32. My students love him, they care for him, and they do…

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That quote has honestly changed my outlook 100%. The last couple of weeks I have been having anxiety attacks every morning at 3:30am. It is a culmination of things. TFA, my school, my second job, my new commitment to a healthy lifestyle, trying to manage a personal/social life…It just all adds up to not very…

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So. Where do I start? It’s January. I would say I am half-way there, but I am not, seeing as we are a year-round school. I finally have a class of 20. Shocking. It won’t last long I am sure. I am finally getting an IEP meeting on Friday for my sweet friend who desperately…

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Nov 16 2011

revolving doors…..

I feel like my classroom has become a revolving door. As soon as we get settled at 20, someone transfers. I have my original maybe 13 out of 17…I have gotten 5 new ones since the beginning and a new one is starting tomorrow. That puts us at 18 which means we still have 2…

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Oct 22 2011

Reflection

It has been a few weeks since I last posted. I have SOOO much going on in my life right now! Not only am I teaching 40 hours a week, but I am nannying 12 hours a week, in the middle of moving, and trying to pay off debt RAPIDLY! Not an excuse, but it…

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Sep 29 2011

It was a BIG day in Room 32!

Well today was a very big day in my classroom. Today, we had 4 new friends join our classroom for their very first time in school! Today, a representative from TFA Nationals came to observe and do assessments on my classroom for research in Early Childhood Ed. I was ridiculously nervous this morning when my…

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Sep 23 2011

SPANGLISH

I had a moment today where I spat out a half English/ half spanish sentence and then smiled and laughed at myself. I had a parent meeting on Tuesday morning with my only completely non-English speaking students parent. I am fortunate enough that my school provides a translator for these meetings to help us better…

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Sep 12 2011

A purpose in life

Today I felt very restless. I couldn’t figure out why. I thought about it for a while and all I could think about were my kiddos. I took Friday off because I wasn’t in town and that means I haven’t seen them in 3 days. I think my restlessness is because I honestly miss them.…

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Tonight I recieved a text message from a parent.  It said, “C said, “I’m so happy, my room 32 came to my house.”” (My coteacher and I completed our first two home-visits after school, one of them being C’s house).  I replied, “Aww, we are so very glad to have him in our room!!” and…

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That my quote my friends, I heard on the third day of school. It was amazing to see M, my youngest student, grasp scaffolded writing on the THIRD DAY OF SCHOOL! He didn’t actually write the words, but he wrote the lines that those words will eventually go on when he is ready to start…

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Aug 07 2011

On the eve of my first day of school…

To be honest. I can’t really think straight, but I will try. Last week, I spent the week at my school preparing the classroom and learning about our new State of the Art Curriculum. This curriculum my friends, is going to be life-changing for me as a teacher and for my students. I can’t even…

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Jul 25 2011

It doesn’t stop at Institute!

I took the week off last week to regain my thoughts and reflect a little. There wasn’t much time though! I drove back to Tulsa on Friday and Saturday the 15th and 16th. I started with my school on Monday the 18th! I spent the last week in New Employee Orientation. It had its own…

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Jul 14 2011

I believe in TFA.

Today my students took their end of institute summative assessments and they went from a 51% diagnostic score in math to a 80.6% summative score. I don’t care who you are, that is amazing. I am beyond proud of my Second Grade Superstars. I feel like along the way I doubted myself and my abilities…

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Jul 05 2011

I <3 the 4th of July.

My title is because it was one extra day for myself this weekend where I didn’t have to think of the mountain of paperwork and assessments on my desk. I spent the weekend in Sunny San Diego! It was BEAUTIFUL and only 75 degrees instead of the 118 in Phoenix. It was such a nice…

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Jun 25 2011

I teach for Esteban…

How do I start? This week has been another crazy week. I started a day behind because I didn’t fly back till Tuesday morning from the funeral. I literally woke up at 2am Arizona time to be in Phoenix by 6:30am ready to teach at 9am! It was a very long day but I am…

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This week literally has been the most challenging week of my life. Not only am I in this INTENSE environment where everyone is constantly going 90 to nothing (literally my SOM can walk across campus in 30 seconds, so impressive), but I have also had to push my brain to open up a little more…

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Induction FLEW BY!! I can’t believe I spent last week with an amazing group of people and now I am officially in Tempe, AZ for the next 5 weeks!!! It has been absolutely exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time!  A little bit about last week… I met 140 of the most funny, smart,…

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Jun 04 2011

my end is truly a beginning…

I am finally free from the school that I have been teaching at all year.  After a week of awful, awful incidences and terrible happenings, I received my paycheck, packed up my classroom, and said my goodbyes.  I left knowing that my babies grew so much and are definitely ready for Kindergarten.  I am pretty…

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May 23 2011

I have a job…and now I am stressed…

All this time I thought, I will find out my placement in July like they kept telling me for the last few months.  I kept telling all my family that I wouldn’t know till then….and they insisted on asking me, “if you could have your choice, where would you teach?” I always laughed because I…

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