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Jun 16 2010

Sleep well.

Summer is here. Oh, it’s not official yet for me, since I’m wrapping my year up teaching summer school and finishing cleaning out my class room. (Sorry custodial staff! I promise I’ll be done soon!) For all intents and purposes though, summer is here. Ahhhhhh….

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Spring Break has begun and the great and enduring National Boards saga is complete, at least until I have to take the test in May. Chris and I finished packing our portfolios Tuesday at 10:30pm, about six and a half hours after we started (label, number, label, number, label, number, ad nauseum) just in time…

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Mar 08 2010

Good Article

I read a fascinating article from the New York Times today called “Building a Better Teacher.” It basically focuses on the fact that, as most teachers would acknowledge, teacher training is largely ineffective and the efforts of a few individuals to nail down how you can teach teachers to be better at their job. It…

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Jul 19 2009

A quick update

Thus far this summer: Two glorious weeks off! Flying home to San Diego to wrangle wedding vendors. My final dress fitting! A wonderful seminar on the American Revolution at UCLA A midnight showing of the new Harry Potter movie (with several thousand other fans) Getting my schedule for next year (Two year long sections of…

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Jun 14 2009


I feel a little guilty posting this, what with all of the stressed, serious, and purposeful first year CM blogs I have seen but … I love summer. Usually, the end of the year brings with it such a lovely sense of lifting responsibilities and lazy relaxation. I am feeling that right now, but the…

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Nov 30 2008

My Thanksgiving

Chris and I couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving this year, so we took a day trip up to Washington D.C. instead. The real intent of the trip was to visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which just reopened last week after having been closed for over two years for renovations. Unfortunately, the museum…

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Nov 09 2008

Where I’m from

I needed something to fill a space in the world poetry unit I’m doing with my sophomores, so I dug through some old TFA resources I have and pulled up an idea based on the George Ella Lyons poem, “Where I’m From.” You can see the basic gist of the lesson plan here:  The…

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Nov 05 2008

An election post

Posts have been thin on the ground around here lately. Mostly that is because I’m involved in a musical at a local community theater (look! I have a life again!) that goes up this weekend. We have been rehearsing pretty much non-stop over the last few weeks. In fact, thats where I was yesterday while…

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Oct 26 2008

When I rule the world…

Chris and I have a lot of converstions that begin with the phrase, “When I rule the world…” For example, one of Chris’s favorites is, “When I rule the world, there will be no right turns on red.” I might respond with, “When I rule the world, lawmakers passing laws restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine will…

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Sep 14 2008


I don’t write a whole lot about my personal life on here, but I think I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Chris and I got engaged last weekend! < insert goofy smile here > I am extremely excited but, because my ring was off getting re-sized all week, I haven’t really talked…

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Aug 17 2008

The flip side.

I had a meeting yesterday that felt quite worthwhile (for a change). TFA ENC had its first professional development of the school year and I was able to go to a special lunch session on Alumni in Teaching. 05s and 06s who are still teaching in the region met to discuss what a teaching alumni…

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Jul 13 2008


With summer school now over I am truly beginning to feel that great summer feeling. That feeling of long, long days stretching before me with little to no expectations for my time. Want to work? I can. Want to sprawl on the couch for four hours reading and then go take a nap? I can.…

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Jul 07 2008

Summer work…

Last week we had a week off from summer school, ostensibly for the 4th of July holiday, though I’m not sure why we needed a full week. .I spent some of my time off advancing (at least somewhat) on my summer goals. I have started to tentatively plan for my English II classes. The class…

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Jul 01 2008

ENC Pictures Part II

Back again with more photo fun! (As always, all images are copyright. Unless otherwise noted all rights are reserved to me!) I love the countryside out here, and it’s a good thing too, considering the amount of driving I have to do.

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Jun 29 2008

ENC Pictures

You hear a lot in the TFA organization about “Why I teach for America.” Well, I thought I’d show you a little bit about where I teach for America. The Eastern North Carolina region of TFA stretches north from Durham all the way up the I-95 corridor to the Virginia border. I taught (and still…

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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 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 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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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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Apr 21 2008

Grad Night ’08

Well, I’m back from the great Senior Trip odyssey, extremely tired, but no worse for the wear. We got in at around 1:00am last night and I so badly wanted to skip school today but, as I lay there listening to my alarm beep over my head this morning, I realized that it would actually…

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Apr 11 2008

Want to know where I was tonight?

I was about 9 1/2 feet away from this: Right now this is on my refrigerator: So. Cool. So, yeah, Bill Clinton is in North Carolina stumping for Hillary and he stopped in my little one horse town to speak to the people. I took some of my kids with me and hightailed it down…

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Mar 28 2008

Spring Break

What a wonderful Spring Break I have had. Chris and I drove up the coast on a history geek tour through Gettysburg, PA, through Amish country (outside of Lancaster) and then into Philadelphia, where we saw the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. I can’t deny that one of my favorite things about moving to the…

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