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A Beginning Teacher’s Journey: Part Three

I knew this day was coming and I’ve been preparing myself for quite a while, but it didn’t make my last day of school this year any easier. Sure, I’m excited for summer vacation but I had to say goodbye to the students, staff and school community that has taken over my time, my mind […]

Time to hit the Recharge Button

After an insanely busy week of graduations, speech competitions and numerous performances to say goodbye, I am official exhausted. It is time to close up my classroom and go home and hit the recharge button. I will miss my amazing students over the summer, but I know that the best thing that I can do […]

The (W)rap

The following is proof why I will never quit my day job for a career in entertainment. Sung to the tune of Rapper’s Delight with apologies to the Sugar Hill Gang. Rap It’s June again and the heat is on, School is buzzin’, students’ll soon be gone. What’s that you say? No not yet. You forgot to […]

Mov(i)e Time

It’s the last school week of June. Things are still happening at the speed of learning, of course. Final assessments are in the books and reports are printed. Students are buzzing, bristling, and bursting with energy like they’ve been equipped with new solar panels from TESLA to absorb the energy of sunny days. By this month’s end my school will have […]

It’s a Wrap!

Now that report cards and administrative protocols have been dealt with, this is the time of year where teachers often find themselves grappling with a mix of emotions. Personally, I am feeling; 1) exhausted – no explanation needed; 2) happy – to have had an amazing year of growth and learning in a new school; […]

THANK YOU!

It has been a long, arduous journey from September to the end of June and we are just weeks away from closing the chapter on another academic year. I am going to relive the last ten months of a fictional elementary school teacher. A group of twenty plus disconnected, diverse individuals arrived in your classroom […]

On track

A couple of years ago,  I shared a post titled Not feeling it today. It was a response to the highs and lows experienced in my life as an educator.  The post’s banner image captured a lighthearted take on our profession in a simple sentence. It read, “Students: If you ever want to know what a teacher’s […]

21st Century Learning

This past month, a group of students came to me with an idea of performing a Bollywood dance in our May assembly. I personally know nothing about Bollywood dancing, therefore I was a little nervous about being the staff member helping the girls with their dance. I quickly realized that they needed me as a […]

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