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Aug 30 2011

Desert Creatures

So last night I turned on the kitchen light to get a drink of water and saw a quarter-sized spider scuttle under the counter. Ick. This morning I walked into my bathroom to see the world’s largest centipede crawling around my shower. Like one of those really creepy, long-legged, slightly furry critters. In school, my…

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Aug 23 2011

Thoughts from a district training

Before I worked in education, people would say that it is the district and the¬†bureaucracy of ¬†teaching that kills you; the kids themselves are never the problem. As I sit in a continuous improvement training of a district that shall remain nameless, I have never agreed more. I’m not saying improvement is bad–I sure as…

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Aug 18 2011

I love my kids but…

…I feel so overwhelmed about how to teach them. Sorry, backing up. I have kids! They rock. They’re already well-behaved, they’re helpful, they have fun with things, and they seem programmed to like me and want to please me (which is always nice). I’ve got one troublemaker and a couple who can be swayed to…

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Tomorrow I get kiddos. Tomorrow 16 (maybe? Maybe more? Probably less) 8-10-year-olds will walk through my classroom door expecting me to teach them something. Dear God, I hope I don’t screw this up. I just tried to call them all to introduce myself and tell their parents about a Family Night we’re having on Thursday,…

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Aug 07 2011

Cultural Learning Begins

Today I saw where the world began. At least according to Navajo beliefs. Some of my friends are placed in Crownpoint, a small town about an hour outside of Gallup, and the Navajo Language and Culture teacher from the elementary school up there offered to take as many people as were interested on a hike…

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Aug 02 2011

Snapshot of Gallup

I haven’t updated in a bit because, honestly, it feels to me like not much is going on. I’m in that awkward limbo time between being back in Gallup and ready to start planning concretely and having enough information and curriculum from my school to actually plan productively. So I’m getting my house together and…

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