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When I have told the new 2011 CMs that I just finished my 6th year in the classroom, I get these awed looks. I always feel slightly embarrassed by that reaction. If you’ve read Outliers by Gladwell, you’d understand my hesitation to let anyone call me an expert. Also, considering the number of subjects I’ve…

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May 18 2011


I’m approaching the end of my 6th year in the classroom. When I started this foray into k-12 education, I was 25-years-old, and I looked 18. I’m now 31, and by most indicators – car insurance premiums, rental agreements, loans – I’m really an adult. (Although M. Taylor swears I only look 26.) Now it…

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One interesting aspect of my job is that I serve kids with special needs at a college prep school. That doesn’t sound interesting, right? Consider for a moment that some of my kids have IQs below 70 or developmental delays that mean they might not ever read at grade level. Then consider that the mission…

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Mar 18 2011

Days that Make You Cry

Crying - as we all know from weddings (and funerals for some of us) – isn’t reserved for sad moments. In fact, some moments are really too sad to cry. I had one of each this week. First the sad: out of all the kids in my caseload, I really only have one with significant mental impairment. Everyone…

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Feb 07 2011

Sans Bathroom Breaks

As a new teacher, I looked forward to test days. I remember being in dive bar in Philly during institute with a veteran teacher whose sole piece of advice was “give a test when you have a hang-over.” Test days have a reputation for being a bit of a break for the teacher. Instead of…

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