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How to side-step a 5th grader...
Student (sings): She's fabulous, she's fabulous.
Me: Sweetie, I don't know who you're talking about.
Student: I know I am going to regret this, but...you're fabulous.
Me: Well thank you! You don't need to regret that, it was very nice of you to say.
Student: If you were going to prom, I would be king.
Me: Uh....so what do you think is for lunch today?
thepaperdollspeaks: the girl of many faces. red hair on wednesday, and brown eyes on friday, and no one who knew her at all. Me?
Just Give Me a Key Already!
I have been working at Kipp for over a month now. I feel like everyone knows me now, the kids recognize me in the hallways, and I have now gotten paid twice. All good things, right? All of this is overshadowed by the fact that I do not have a key to either of the two classrooms I use or a key to the elevator. I work one on one with a boy who has a cane. He uses the elevator many times a day,...
The harsh realization that teachers really don't...
I had the same realization when I was going through my information. I decided to go for the HMO health plan and since we are a Charter school there’s no union fees (but only 5 sick days a year). No fun. klwarner: I was giddy when I received my paycheck…until I opened it…Now I’m questioning whether I really want to be part of that union, have that much insurance coverage, and if I...
Crush-Worthy Literary Characters
Inspired by Sam’s latest tweet, I decided to create a list of the men of fiction that I wish were a little more nonfictional. Mr. Darcy: Proud yet romantic, one Fitzwilliam Darcy has always been at the top of my list. The leading man of Pride and Prejudice, Darcy has his flaws to be sure, but his devotion to Elizabeth is definitely enviable. Atticus Finch: One of the greatest moral...
Take Care of Yourself
Only two weeks into the school year and I learned the hard way (a trip to the emergency room) the importance of taking care of yourself while teaching. I am fine for the most part, but I realized that even though I am pouring every bit of energy I have into my students and being there for them, it means nothing if I am not able to maintain it for longer than a couple weeks. I have skipped meals,...
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.– William Butler Yeats