Classroom, Humor, Sarcasm, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, state assessment, Teacher, Texas, Uncategorized

It’s Testing Season in Texas- A Timeline of Tests

Snark Alert! Please do not read this post if you love standardized tests! It's that time again- state tests. "Oh, joy!" said no educator, ever. Not only have no educators said that, no student has said it either. From back in the day when we took the ITBS on one day of the year to… Continue reading It’s Testing Season in Texas- A Timeline of Tests

Classroom, Education, Humor, Middle School, Sarcasm, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teaching, Texas, Uncategorized

My (Un)Healthy Obsession with School Supplies- A Teacher’s Confession

Hi. My name's Kourtney, and I'm a school supplies addict. *Hi, Kourtney!* My addiction started when I was in middle school with colored pens. And markers. And colorful notebook paper. And Trapper Keepers. You get the picture. This obsession/hoarding behavior is something that I live with every day. And NO. I don't want a cure.… Continue reading My (Un)Healthy Obsession with School Supplies- A Teacher’s Confession

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Classroom Screen: Where Has This Been All My Life? Adding Structure to my Schedule

You know when you find something, and it becomes the best thing that ever happened? Then you realize you'd seen it years ago and missed the boat on using it all this time? Yeah, that's where I'm at. Enter Classroom Screen Before spring break, I attended five days of training. I learned SO many things… Continue reading Classroom Screen: Where Has This Been All My Life? Adding Structure to my Schedule

bloggers, Classroom, Education, Humor, Middle School, Sarcasm, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Self reflection, Teacher, Teacher Tribe, Teaching, Texas, Uncategorized

On the Downhill- Trying to Finish This Year STRONG!

I've been slacking. It's true. Now, I'm definitely not one that people would view as a slacker. I'm uber-organized, I'm constantly doing something, I even serve coffee in my room on Fridays. But every year at about this time I start to kind of check out on the current year to turn my attention to… Continue reading On the Downhill- Trying to Finish This Year STRONG!

Education, Family, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teacher, Teaching, Texas, Uncategorized

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