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Sep 02 2011


I attended a funeral today for a 10 week old baby boy. I have never been to a funeral for a baby. I haven’t been able to get the imagine of the tiny baby in a small casket out of my mind. One of my former students (from last year… she is no longer a student at my school) was charged with murder and neglect of her son, who was 10 weeks ago. I currently have the aunt of the baby in my class. It’s unimaginable to me that someone could kill their own child. Hugging my student at the funeral today while she sobbed uncontrollably was one of the most heartbreaking moments in my short teaching career. I want so badly to be able to help her make sense of this all, but I am at a loss myself. Knowing there isn’t anything I can do to make things…

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Aug 18 2011

Grading Exams

Grading exams is such a reassuring experience. My students took their 2nd unit exam today; it was on graphing linear equation. There were no scores lower than  71%, which I was so happy about. I can’t wait to give tests back and celebrate their success. My 2nd period class did remarkably well. My school went…

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Aug 06 2011

New School Year! Weeks 1 & 2

I can’t believe how quickly this school year is going! My first day with students was on Wednesday, July 27th. This year I am teaching Algebra 1. We are having 8 week terms at my school. In this 8 weeks, I have to teach my students the ENTIRE year of Algebra 1. Whoa. Thankfully I…

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Jul 15 2011

Math Matters

I cannot believe my summer vacation is over in 2 days! Wow, the past two weeks flew by. This coming week we will be working as a staff to revamp things for the 2011-2012 school year. And then the following week the students come back. As much as I love sleeping in and not going…

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Jun 29 2011


This is my last week as a 1st year teacher. It’s crazy how fast the last 10 months have gone and how different I am now than I was a year ago. I started giving my students an end of the year survey today, and I teared up reading their responses. Two that really stood…

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Last week one of my students finished his LAST credit (in Algebra 2) and became a high school graduate. Another one of my students finished up his last credit tonight and is now a high school graduate. I am so PROUD of each of them. They have both overcome so much in their life and…

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Apr 26 2011

what I’m in love with…

‎”What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the mornings, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you. fall in love, stay in…

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Apr 18 2011

No freak outs

My school’s motto is “Any Time Any Pace Any Place”. We have learned that “any pace” needs to be specified with students. We’ve found that some students have put very little time into their work. We’ve changed a few things around to encourage a rigorous pace. We just changed our netbook policy so that students…

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Apr 15 2011

Math Heaven

This week I’ve been attending the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference. 8,000 teachers and over 600 presentations. Words can’t describe how amazing this experience has been. I am so excited to get back to my classroom on Monday and show my students some of the cool new resources I now have in…

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Apr 06 2011


“Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life.” -Oprah Oprah gives the best advice. I really love this idea of a grateful journal. The more I talk about the parts of my job…

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