Middle School Hero

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Jan 07 2014

No, really- don’t get comfortable

At the onset of this school year, I wrote a post entitled “Don’t Ever Get Comfortable”. When I wrote it, I was still reeling from the news that I’d had my teaching placement switched and that I would be teaching at the remedial level. I was extremely frustrated and upset, but ultimately it ended up…

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Dec 13 2013

Lipstick and smiles

Ya’ll, teaching at a middle school is weird. I constantly think about how all of my friends chilling in Corporate America could never relate to what goes on here at RMS. Today, I was at scanning duty (which is a unique enough experience already) when I saw a girl coming up through the line. Even…

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Dec 12 2013

Creating readers

After we finished reading The Outsiders last week, one of my students looked up from the essay sitting in front of him to ask if he could borrow a copy of the book. He hadn’t missed any of the reading, so I didn’t understand why he’d want a copy of the book we’d just read.…

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Dec 05 2013

What teaching has done to me

More specifically, what teaching at a low-income school has done for me. Two things you should know about who I was in college. 1. I was a joyous person. Not to say that my life was gilded or that I didn’t work my tail off for things or that I was a golden child who…

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Oct 29 2013

What I see when I walk into other classes

Today, during my plan, I ducked into the computer lab to make some copies for the day. Normally the lab is empty, but because of construction there’s a class in there for the time being, so students were in class while I was making copies and I got a rare view into another classroom here…

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“I’m out of here.” And just like that, Steven* picked up his backpack, hopped out of his desk, and made his way to the door. I deftly interposed myself between him and the door before he could leave and gently asked if he’d like to talk about it. “Yeah, I guess so.” I shot out some…

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Oct 28 2013

Where did Fall Break go?

I’ve had the last two weeks off! Because we’re on a full year calendar, we are blessed with a two-week Fall Break during the dreaded month of October. This break couldn’t have come at a better time. As we near the end of October, students and teachers alike have been working hard for three months…

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Oct 09 2013


All the little things have been creeping up and it almost caused me to lose my cool today. We’re two days away from Fall Break the kids are ready for some time off. They haven’t had a long weekend since Labor Day and it shows. It’s nothing big- office referrals around the school are still…

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Sep 23 2013

A whole new world

This year, I’ve been much less prolific on this site. Even though I find myself with exponentially more free time than I had at this time last year, I come here less and less often. I’m just not driven by the near-manic desire to record and remember every single moment that happens. Because it’s not…

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Sep 17 2013

My big opportunity

This last weekend I flew to LA to film a minute-long video. It’s part of a contest hosted by a travel company called Jauntaroo and the winner gets to spend one year travelling abroad, blogging and taking photographs as the company’s Chief World Explorer. If I win this contest, I’ll take a year off before…

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