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Oct 23 2011

The Forgotten “High Expectations”

I used to be plagued by dreams about my own kids misbehaving horribly. Last night was the first time I dreamed about someone else’s kids being a disaster. In my dream, I was back visiting my high school for graduation, and the ceremony itself was out of control. The graduating seniors were running down the…

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Dear Ms. Mathinaz, You are a good Advisor & you Rock well here this is to you. Every time I see you with a smile upon your face. When I go to school & am not in the mood your smile makes us smile. Your careing & kind personality makes our day. Your a very…

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Oct 18 2011

Socks and Fashion

I have this thing with wearing ridiculous socks to school. It started because I hate teaching with shoes on, but I also think it’s gross to walk around school barefoot. This was causing me to commit fashion crimes like wearing socks with ballet flats, which are the easiest to slip on and off but are…

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Oct 14 2011

Janitor Appreciation Day

I was standing at the door greeting kids for my third class, and suddenly I hear a kid inside the room go, “Uhhh Miss? There’s puke on the floor.” I rolled my eyes, because I’d been there thirty seconds before and knew the floor was clean. I leaned into the room to check what they…

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Oct 13 2011

Hey, congrats on those test scores

I met the CEO of my entire charter network. The second sentence out of his mouth was, “Hey, congratulations on those test scores. That was very impressive.” I think I blushed and stammered something. I have no idea what I said. Then another teacher walked over, who has been in the city long enough to…

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Oct 05 2011

Lesson Learned

My new school has extraordinarily tight discipline expectations and great follow-through. I knew that consistent expectations and structure are good for kids, but I didn’t really know it until I saw how many kids with awful prior behavior records tried to push the limits, got shut down, and turned into little angels. They know we’ll…

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Oct 04 2011

Testing, Round 9 of my career

I wonder if I’ll ever just become immune to the stress of standardized testing. My level of concern has definitely decreased dramatically over the last few years (remember when I used to not sleep before district benchmark tests?) but I still have that old feeling lingering somewhere. That awful dread over being judged on the…

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Oct 02 2011

Never thought I’d miss AZ standards

My charter network decided that they were going to develop their own 6-12 academic standards for all subjects. This is a nice idea in theory, since state standards are often confusing and reasonable people can disagree over them. But states have been working really hard for a long time on their standards, and most have…

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