Fifty-percent of new teachers leave the classroom after just five years. Sometimes it’s burn-out. Sometimes it’s realizing you don’t really like teaching. Sometimes it’s moving on to your next calling. I’ve already completed my struggling-blindly-treading-water-help-me first year, and in mere weeks, I’m about to conclude my still-struggling-but-thank-goodness-I’m-so-much-better-at-this second year. I have had my share of highlights, lowlights and lessons taught to me (and hopefully a couple learned by the students). Like every other passionate teacher, I work to close the achievement gap. But as a new teacher with almost 2 years of experience, ...


Monday afternoon. Sitting in graduate school class. Reading Chapter 8 of Vicki Spandel's "Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction." Feeling slightly queasy from the assignment. Do you write? Why, of course I do. In fact, I’m quite good at it, I think. When you first thought about being a writing teacher, did you picture yourself writing? I didn’t. You mean writing on my own or with my students? I pictured myself handing out assignments, being the one with the power (and the red pen) for a change. Yes, I am very good at that. At last, ...


Dear Readers, I am a slacker. I haven't been teaching. I haven't been lesson planning. I haven't even been in New Mexico. And as evidenced by the date of this entry, I haven't been blogging. It's spring break and I'm back East visiting family. I will update the blog this weekend. EDIT: I am finally writing my lesson plans for the next week right now and they're just pouring out of me. Spring break (and not doing anything) has reenergized and inspired me. It is comforting to be able to justify sloth....


During our field trip to Family Dollar and Denny's today, this is what my resource math class learned by not being in the classroom: - Count your money before you shop. And always get a receipt. - When you buy more than you can afford, you have to put something back. - When something is advertised as 2 for $1, you can buy TWO of them for just $1! - Four quarters equals $1, four quarters equals $1, four quarters equals $1... - When you have $10 of school money to spend, make sure you buy plenty of Hot Cheetos, ...


Dear parents and guardians (and readers), The C-Wing math class has been working very hard over the past year learning how to count money, make change and solve word problems in everyday situations. While these math skills are critical to improve on our IEP goals and school-wide assessments, they are critical for real-life situations. On Thursday, March 29, 2007, our class will be attending a field trip to Family Dollar and Denny’s in Gallup. This field trip will be an opportunity for students to use dollars and coins to purchase items and food. This is an extension of the ...


I am so tired. It isn't even dark yet, and I'm already slouched over my laptop in bed, ready to call it a night. Is it because I have been pulling late nights constructing award-winning unit plans? Is it because I have been toiling long hours at school to develop high-interest, multi-sensory centers that touch on all of the multiple intelligences? Not even. I haven't taught jack yet this week and won't be providing services until next. We're just in the middle of our New Mexico Standards Based Assessments. This is the week our entire school year has been bracing ...


As a middle school teacher, I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to recall life at 13. Since I was suddenly launched into the role of teacher two years ago, I struggle to remember how my favorite educators set up their classroom routines, how they taught fractions and what color pens they used to mark errors. I desperately try to dredge up these memories, because those were the most thorough classroom observations I had ever conducted. Surely if I could repeat their teaching strategies, I could recreate their successes as well, right? Right. It's only been 10 years since ...


I am so sorry that I was intrerding your class. I am so sorry that I was intrerding your class. I am so sorry that I was intrerding your class. I am so sorry that I was intrerding your class. I am so sorry that I was intrerding your class. I am so sorry that I was intrerding your class. I am so sorry that I was intrerding your class. I am so sorry that I hit "Elmer" in the hed with my folder. I am so sorry that I hit "Elmer" in the hed with my folder. I am ...


I shop at Safeway, I pump Chevron gas and I can still order a No. 2 McDonald's breakfast whenever I want. Sometimes, I forget that Gallup is somewhere very different from where I grew up. But everyday things remind me where I am. Like when the sun rises over the mesas as I cruise down Highway 491 to work. Or when I visit students' hogans and explain that it really doesn't bother me that there is neither heat nor electricity. Two weeks ago, I was reminded how very far away I am from home when I told my students that ...


Today was definitely a four-letter word morning. I woke up 28 minutes before I had to be at work. It's a 35 minute drive from Gallup to my school. I still needed to shower. And I had playground duty. (Luckily teachers have to arrive half an hour before school begins.) But the most vexing of it all was that I had overslept dreaming about school. I even recall trying to stay asleep longer because I was in the middle of teaching a new word problem strategy. Apparently our new Big Goal for math problem solving had burrowed itself deep enough ...


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