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Jun 24 2010


Report cards went out yesterday and I already have three parent emails. I think this says it all:

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Jun 23 2010

Wrapped up.

I’m finally finished bedding down the classroom for the year. Bookcases are wrapped: Room diagram is drawn: I always hate leaving my classroom for the year. I work so much better up at school than it do at home; it is like my office. I very rarely take any work home — only the occasional…

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May 25 2010

Silly Fads

In APUSH right now we’re talking a lot about influence and how to measure it (as part of our effort to determine the non-Presidential individual with the most influence on American history). One of the issues that comes up frequently in our discussion is longevity–does influence count if it is only short term? Somehow from…

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Jan 11 2009

Long time, no blog.

Sorry about that! Here’s a quick recap: Winter Break in San Diego (Which was jam packed with wedding related appointments and extremely fun). Then a week of fun-filled review for our finals and aggravatting students who always seem to *sigh*  want to know what their grade is, or something. Like I know kid, come back later. Also, both…

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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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Sep 19 2008

Gratuitous Float Pictures

Man, my kids were cranky today. It must have been the whole actual work on Friday thing that their evil, mean, cruel teacher forced on them. I mean, a lesson on commas, on homecoming Friday? Come oooooon, Ms. W! Can’t we have some freeee time? No, whiny children, you cannot. I choose not to think…

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Sep 17 2008


Last night I violated a six foot tall paper mache bee. The end. What? You feel that story needs more explanation? Oh well, if you insist. Although it is my first year at this new school, I plunged in feet first and signed up to be a Prom adviser, figuring that, by then, I’d be…

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Aug 28 2008

Reading Corner

This year, since I am teaching English, I decided to try to put together a fully fledged reading corner and classroom library for the first time in my teaching career. I have documented my efforts in gathering books from various locations this summer already, but last week has really been the week that everything came…

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Aug 26 2008

My Classroom – Year 4

Well, school being two days in and that desks having (finally!) arrived last Friday, I thought I’d share some pictures of my room this year. Here’s where we started: Here is a view of the back of the room: Mostly we’re looking at my desk (complex) and the reading corner. As far as the reading…

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Aug 13 2008

Under developed.

Wanna know what I did today? Professional Development! (Where I learned a lot…obviously) We had an “in service” day at my new school today (work days start in earnest next week) the ostensible purpose of which was to prepare the faculty for the upcoming switch to block schedule. Keep in mind that school starts in…

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Aug 02 2008

Gone buggy.

The promised room arranging post has been put on hold for some time now due to the fact that I still have no student desks in my room. I’m finding that I’m having a hard time placing my other furniture without the desks. This year I’ll have more desks (and larger classes) than I’ve had,…

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Jul 28 2008


One of the main things I have been doing school-wise while on vacation in San Diego (ummm, ok, the only thing) is collecting books for my new and improved classroom library. I really want to have a good selection of books that reflect the demographics of the school I will be teaching at next year.…

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Jul 22 2008

Setting up my classroom (Part I)

As I move into my fourth year of teaching and move to a new school, I’ll be doing something that I haven’t done since I was just out of Institute and nervous as hell: setting up an entirely new classroom. My old room was set up entirely to my satisfaction and I was quite proud…

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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 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 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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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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Aug 08 2007

My Classroom – Year 3

Some pictures of my classroom during the 2007-2008 school year.This is the front of the room. Mottoes, Agendas, U.S. History Class Themes, Words of the Week, and the ever present overhead are all on display. Here is a close up of the word wall. Beware, this is what awaits ye if you try to teach…

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Jul 23 2006

My Classroom – Year 1

I post these pictures not because I’m proud of them, but to make the point readily apparent that my classroom has changed and evolved quite significantly from my first year. I had almost nothing on the walls during my first year and took very few pictures (for obvious reasons). I had a large tracking chart,…

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