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Sep 21 2013

Last year’s scores!

So how’d it go? Well, it’s now Year 3 in my placement school, same grade, same classroom, but I’ll tell about that later. I want to just do a little review on last year, now that the almighty test scores are in. Those of you who’ve been with me for a while might remember that…

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Sep 21 2013

Cute kid

It has been SO LONG since I have written. And I don’t have that much time to write. So let me tell you a cute kid story. I’m walking my kiddos back from lunch recess through the outside shortcut and one of the cooks’ cars is back there. Someone very clever has written, “Blow me!”…

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I don’t know how I feel about charter schools, and I’m trying to give it some thought because many of the anti-TFA things I’ve read lately have criticized an over-emphasis on charter schools within the organization. Since I often think by writing, here’s my thinking. First of all, does TFA overdo it on the charter…

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Little known TFA factoid: each region is its own animal, more than you might expect. What do I mean by that? Well, first of all there are a lot of differences from region to region. Some regions have the hiring-TFAers-while-pink-slipping-others situation going on, and some (like mine) have 10% teaching vacancies all year, even with…

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This is a response to Didymath’s “#69: All Aboard the USS Test Scores Don’t Matter,” which he wrote in response to my last post…basically continuing the conversation. I think both of us are falling into the dangerous trap of arguing the extremes. In many ways, I agree with a lot of what Didymath is saying.…

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The education reform analyst and well-spoken blogger Gary Rubinstein just applauded a 2012 CM for saying that he cares more about kids’ appreciation of the material and attitude than their test scores. Great! There’s so much more to learning than test scores, and fostering a true love of learning is definitely one of my goals…

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Jun 14 2013

Why so silly, district?

Just a two second rant: we ended school on May 24th. As of today, June 14th, we still do not have an official calendar for next year, which means that WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT DAY WE GO BACK TO SCHOOL. We also don’t have a superintendent. These two things may be related. In contrast,…

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I had a student last year, one of my favorites, who did not speak to me until October. She really didn’t start talking to me regularly until January. This kid tested in the 0.5 percentile for oral language skills, which means if you put 200 kids in a room, she would be the worst of…

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May 26 2013

Done?

Year 2 is done. I’m “done” with TFA. It’s kind of a weird combination of things. On the one hand, the majority of my fellow 2011 CMs are leaving, and I am so sad to see them go. There are facebook statuses full of poignant lessons learned and updates on next steps and new jobs.…

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May 21 2013

Minor and Major Accomplishments

Almost every teacher I know (well, at least the ones who like children) have a “take home” club. These are the kids who you love so much you would take them home in a heartbeat. I had one last year, and I have another couple this year. Let me tell you about one of them.…

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