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Saying Goodbye- Honoring Mr. Marley

Sometimes writing is cathartic. Sometimes it is a release. Sometimes it is just painful. For me, it is always necessary. I have lost friends and colleagues before, but never in the same year I was working with them. I guess I've been lucky, but that changed this week.  The last year and a half, I… Continue reading Saying Goodbye- Honoring Mr. Marley

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Finding the Right Match- Going through the interview process

It's hard to interview when there are no applicants! Let me tell you a little about my wonderful school. We are the middle school campus of a charter school. We have about 500 kids in 6th-9th grades, and we cap most of our classes at 25, but we've had to go as high as 27.… Continue reading Finding the Right Match- Going through the interview process

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

Yep, I’m THAT Teacher- Type A, All the Way!

A teacher friend of mine share a Bored Teachers post called "14 Types of Teachers You're Sure to Find in Any School". She posted the numbers that described her, and I did the same. Just so you know, I'm 1, 5, and 11. Sometimes 7. So yeah, I'm THAT teacher. Let me explain with a… Continue reading Yep, I’m THAT Teacher- Type A, All the Way!

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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

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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!