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May 29 2008

Second Block Strikes Again

A (very playful) exchange between two of my lovelies 2nd period: A: Man, stop touching my stuff! M: I’ll touch your stuff if I want to! A: You do and I’ll… I’ll gas you. With Mustard gas! Yeah. M: Oh yeah? A: And then you’ll get big blisters and inhale it into your lungs and…

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May 28 2008

Hey you kids! Get offa my lawn!

I have been scanning the newbie blogs that have been popping up lately with great interest. Part of it is that I like to remember how excited and nervous I was and how much of an adventure this seemed three years ago (now its not an adventure; it’s my life!) The other part of my…

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May 25 2008

Second verse, same as the first…

Last night went extremely well. The kids were better and more into the play (although they nearly gave me a heart attack by going off book a couple of times. People! We are not well versed enough for this!) The audience was bigger too, which made the play feel more real. At intermission they kids…

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May 24 2008

One down.

The play went up last night to a pitifully small audience of about 17 people. It makes me sad to see how little of the community (both school and otherwise) is willing to show up to support our students. Perhaps we’ll have more people there tonight; I certainly hope so. Despite the small audience the…

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May 21 2008

Typical.

Today I sat down on a set of choir risers to sob hysterically after rehearsal and they collapsed out from under me. I couldn’t stop giggling (manically) as I sat there on the defeated risers. Half the cast wasn’t at rehearsal today. (TWO DAYS before we go up). Two of our key cast members had…

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May 21 2008

Southern Comfort

I do declare, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to Southern weather. Let’s take yesterday as an example, shall we? The forcast called for a clear but windy day. Chances of precipitation: 30%. Here is a shot of the field behind the school at 3:15 (right as we let the kids out) Hmm… not…

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May 20 2008

Overdue

I haven’t been able to catch a breath this last week or so, let alone blog. The play goes up this Friday and Saturday and we are still frantically running around. Today I curled my script up into a tube and began breathing into it, hoping for a paper bag like effect and a moment…

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May 14 2008

A sign from above?

A sign at the end of my hallway reads: “IM DAT DUDE Vote (Student’s Name) 4 Mr. Prom King” Ahhh… Prom court season. Time to break out my black marker and roam the halls editing grammar mistakes.  (A somewhat anti-climactic 1st period. J wasn’t there and the whole class was dead. I had to walk…

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May 14 2008

Ray gun set to: KILL

Haaaaaaaate the copier! Hate! Hate! HATE! Die, evil machine. That thing is lucky I don’t have a baseball bat right about now or it’d be toast!

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Right now I’m taking a break from using my 45 extra blissful minutes of freedom to handwrite pleas to North Carolina legislators (asking them to support Teach For America’s request for money from the state) to blog a little. As cynical as I feel about TFA (and that is…very cynical) I still can’t help but…

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May 12 2008

May gloom.

Nobody understands me when I say that I hate May; It is my least favorite month of the school year. (A close second goes to October). “But you are so close to the end!” they say, or, “There is so much going on the month should just fly by!” I get that, I really do, but…

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May 11 2008

Sweet dreams.

I had a very odd dream last night. I came to my classroom, only to find that all of the information on my boards had been erased and replaced with that of another teacher. I asked all of the other teachers, “Who is Elizabeth J. Jacobs?”  but no one had ever heard of  her. (She…

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May 10 2008

Groan.

Our vocab list for next week in U.S. History: SNCC 24th Amendment Brown v. Topeka Board of Education  Malcolm X Affirmative Action 1968 Napalm & Agent Orange Counterculture My Lai Pentagon Papers Kent State Students for a Democratic Society War Powers Act (1973) The Feminine Mystique Roe v. Wade Cesar Chavez American Indian Movement Rachel…

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Did you know that if you have (or can create) a gmail account you can also build a free webpage? I always wanted to have a “teacher page,” but no one at my school could tell me how to get one hosted on the school server and all of the other free web page builders…

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May 08 2008

Ugh.

I feel like a limp rag, twisted up and drained of everything. The last few days have been so odd. We began extended days this week. For the next three week we will add an extra 45 minutes on to the day with a rotating block. I’m sure it will be useful, but dear god…

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May 05 2008

Teacher Hands

I remember about a week into my Institute experience looking down and realizing that my hands would never be the same again. I don’t have a whole lot of positive body image, but I have always liked my hands. I have nicely shaped nails that grow quickly and are strong and I like having neatly…

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May 04 2008

This week.

I enjoyed doing this last week, so here it is again. 10 things that happened this week: 1. My keys are still missing so I spent many mornings begging other teachers to let me into my room, lock my room up again, and let me into the teachers lounge. No fun. 2. My U.S. History…

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May 02 2008

TFA rambles

I was talking briefly to a 2nd year CM in the hallway between classes, asking him if he was considering staying a third year. He said mostly no, but occasionally he really feels the pull.  He said one thing that really resonated with me, because I have been thinking a lot about it lately. He…

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