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Breaking up the Band- When a colleague has to leave the team

On Sunday, I got a text message that I really didn't want to get. There are four ELA teachers at my small charter middle school. We are a funny group- three super, type A women, and one totally laid back, type B guy. He makes sure we don't spin out of control when plans don't… Continue reading Breaking up the Band- When a colleague has to leave the team

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Word of the Year- LIT: Why It’s Perfect For Me

It's the beginning of January, and that only means one thing- time to pick your word of the year. When I first started seeing this trend, I felt like I was not being a good human. I pretty much just try to keep my head on straight most of the time, and all these people… Continue reading Word of the Year- LIT: Why It’s Perfect For Me

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Funky- But Not in a Good Way: The Fall Teacher Struggle is Real

The calendar gods have played an evil trick on all of us. They made Thanksgiving early, so we have 4 weeks between breaks instead of three. What?! That must be why I'm in this funk. Seriously, this seems to be a teacher-wide, school-wide, state-wide, country-wide crisis. The after-Thanksgiving funk. Yes, I know we all shower… Continue reading Funky- But Not in a Good Way: The Fall Teacher Struggle is Real

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Yeah, I Saw That: The Crazy Stuff I’ve Seen Teachers Do

Teachers are insane. Factor in the public scrutiny, the low pay, the extra hours, the grading, and the enslavement to standardized testing, and you have to ask yourself what college-educated professional would sign up for that? Crazy ones, that's who. You would not believe some of the things I have seen teachers do in the… Continue reading Yeah, I Saw That: The Crazy Stuff I’ve Seen Teachers Do

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The Long Walk to Thanksgiving: Surviving School in the Fall

It's raining. Again. I think we've all mutated and developed webbed feet because it. never. stops. Seriously, shout out to people that live in Seattle. You guys must have superhero levels of optimism and happiness to deal with as much rain as you do. Added to that, it's cold, like record-breaking cold. Don't get me… Continue reading The Long Walk to Thanksgiving: Surviving School in the Fall