August 2007 Archives

Three years ago I was one of the new teachers at Arundel High School. A 45 year old new teacher. I was bringing a lot of experience to the classroom -- but the experience was as a parent, a childcare provider, a business owner, a writer. My experience was not in the classroom as a teacher. I was enthusiastic but terrified. The second and third years were easier. Less terrifying because I knew what to expect. I knew Arundel's school policies, grading procedures, discipline patterns, hallways, and staff. I knew a lot of students, and knew a lot about our ...

Un momento por favor. This week I was a struggling learner in Spanish class. I want to become fluent in Spanish, so I challenged myself to learn this new language. I grew up hearing Danish at home, although I did not really use it myself. I studied French in high school and college (I’m not fluent, though I should be). I am interested in multicultural studies and anthropology, so I seek out other cultures. You would think learning Spanish would be easy. There are a lot of Latino people in Maryland now, although not that many students in my ...

Traveling in a car is a great opportunity for me to read. Brought two books with me on this current trip to Savannah Georgia. Thought I would pass on a mini-review. First, I've finished Inside Mrs. B's Classroom by Leslie Baldacci. It's the story of a career changer who enters the classroom for all the usual reasons. She is eager, and experienced in many things, used to dealing with lots of people and confident of her skills. Much like many of us who become teachers. And, like almost all of us, she struggled with school politics, limited resources, and student ...


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