Category Archives: Being a Teacher

Traveling Sideways

In our classroom today we were suppose to be comparing two different texts with similar themes.  The story today was of a boy named Carlos who started out really wanting a particular breed of dog.  As the story progresses, the … Continue reading

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AzMERIT with a Side of Chocolate Cake

The next two weeks are AzMERIT weeks in our household. In case you do not live in Arizona and as such are lucky to not know of what I speak, the AzMERIT is a statewide standardized test that is given … Continue reading

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A Long Time Gone

So… There is something I neglected to write about, something that has significantly affected my life and has been the cause, or partial cause, of my lack of blogging. It happened back in April. It was a one line email … Continue reading

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With Criminal Intent

Last week on my way to work – with a basket full of carefully wrapped presents resting in the passenger seat next to me – I pulled the car over fully intending to commit a crime.  I did it for … Continue reading

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What a Treasure!

I teach second grade.  This is my second year of teaching.  When I was setting up my classroom last year, I had to do some serious prioritizing.  One of the items that ended up on my “want” list, was to … Continue reading

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Old School

An old box of dot matrix printer paper found collecting dust in a classroom closet. This paper, its glory days having come and gone, became a simple box of scrap paper in my classroom last year.  We use it to … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed

Summertime is rapidly slipping away.  I start back to work in 12 days.  In 17 days it is Meet the Teacher Night and the students start back to school two days after that. I feel unprepared on so many levels. … Continue reading

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The Right Words

I do not have them, the right words. I have the boys on a summer school schedule, one that we follow fairly consistently.  We do some store-bought, grade-level appropriate workbooks in the morning after breakfast.  We have free time/time to … Continue reading

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Moving x 2

Sorry for my silence as of late.  The school year ended, and while I could blame my blogging silence on moving not only my classroom but moving our entire lives into our new house, that would not be entirely true. … Continue reading

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All in an Unplanned Ten Minutes

Today in class, small math groups ended early.  I looked at the clock and realized that I had about ten minutes in which I had nothing planned.  I usually have lined up across the lip of the white board, a … Continue reading

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