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Mar 29 2012

Tough situation.

I am lucky to have the best kids ever. My kids are, barring a few incidents this week from my boys who can be forgiven because they are exploding with too much testing, fantastically well-behaved. Also, they work hard. At the beginning of the year I had 4 “intensive” students, meaning students who read 60…

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Mar 27 2012

Post-First Week of Testing Thoughts

Well, the first week of testing is over. We survived! But in the middle of this high-stakes testing, I wanted to talk briefly about something someone commented on a few posts ago. I was lamenting how many things such as cultural references or experiential knowledge get in the way of my kids’ comprehension. The comment…

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Mar 18 2012

Disclaimer: Not About Teaching.

Realizing that this was originally intended to be musings on teaching, New Mexico, and my life, and that I’m usually more about the teaching, and that while teaching is one aspect of my life but not (hear that, self? NOT) my whole life, I have decided to write about something else. Like the Wild Spirit…

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Mar 08 2012

Hits a little close to home.

My reading group is reading Holes by Louis Sachar, which, if you haven’t read it, you should go read right now. But in case you’re not going to do that, brief summary: poor, chubby, but generally nice boy Stanley is in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets sent to Camp Green Lake,…

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Mar 04 2012

State tests in 15 days.

Have you ever dreaded something so much that every time you think of it, your stomach does a little barrel roll? And you feel kind of nauseated? And you try desperately to think of something, anything else? And then has that something that you’re dreading ever been something that was beyond your control? Or something…

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