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May 01 2012

This Is (Not) A Test!

Mariah Carey once sang, “if it’s over, please let me know” and I share her sentiments today. My 125 students took the 8th Grade Mississippi State Science today. It is a 60-question, multiple-choice exam consisting of questions from 30 objectives spanning Inquiry (Scientific Methods), Earth and Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Since this…

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Apr 12 2012

Overcoming Inertia (“Teachality”)

Inertia: (n.) the tendency of an object to resist any change in its motion. Today was one of those days in which I feel so very fortunate to be teaching in my placement school. Those of us who have taught know that you have some rough days, but you also have that day where everything…

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Mar 29 2012

Small Victories

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” -The Serenity Prayer Admittedly, I’ve never been very good at the serenity part… Currently, as I work to make a change both within the classroom and in a greater context…

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Dec 21 2011

I Apologize…

I know what you’re thinking: “he missed his regular Sunday post- something’s up. He must be writing an apology for that post about TFA’s Master Plan!” And you would be half write…I mean right ;-P I am apologizing; however, this apology is for my students. Today, I did something perhaps slightly unprofessional and un-TFA. Today,…

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Nov 30 2011

Sick and Tired Of Being…

Poverty has and is presently beaten down the students we seek to serve. I worry that as my coworkers and I fight against and compensate for this unjust force, it will continue to oppress our kids and wear away at the adults as well. May we find the motivation and strength from within to keep on working against our unjust system

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Nov 20 2011

Know Your Role, And Shut Your Mouth?

I’m at a crossroads. I’m enjoying my students but not the nitty gritty of my job. My students need positive male role models just as badly as they need highly effective teachers, but I’m burning the candle at both ends trying to do both. What would the Rock say?

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