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May 07 2013


7th Grader: “Is that phone a 3G or a 4G?”
Me: “It’s a zero-G.”
7: “Are you serious!?!”
My kids are always concerned about my lack of coolness and technology. They normally look at me with a mix pitying looks and judgement when they see my old phone, but I think I completely blew their minds today when they realized it doesn’t connect to the internet at all!
In other news, I absolutely hate the science fair. I know I am supposed to think otherwise as a middle school science teacher, but unless I do all 70 projects myself it just won’t turn out well. I just think there are more important things to focus on when my kids are so far behind. I know, I know… I’m supposed to take ownership and solve the problem. I am trying to make the process go as smoothly as possible… staying after with kids to work,…

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Apr 04 2013

At some point…

At some point during the year I stopped posting. (You can look at the date for yourself.) Life is crazy and maybe I need to be on here to reflect more… but I am currently on Spring Break at my parent’s house in the rural South. I’ve been going back and forth with myself about…

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Dec 11 2012

Coffee Shop

After Pro-Sat this weekend I spent some time tutoring a former student who is now at a new high school at a coffee shop in Detroit. Somewhere in between hot chocolate, peppermint tea, and dihybrid crosses I remembered why I am a teacher despite all of the struggles of the past two years. When I…

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Nov 04 2012


Reading about the struggles and worries in my students’ lives is heartbreaking. Reading about their dreams and goals is inspiring.  

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Oct 19 2012

Whiteboard Messages

Whiteboard love messages… the day my kiddos found out the school was closing (and it was their last day). From a new 9th grader who used to get into fights at his old school and whose mother said this was the first place that he actually looked forward to going to school. … I am…

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Sep 27 2012


So… I don’t have time for a real update… or anything for that matter, but my school has gone through significant changes recently. I am a middle school science teacher again. I had to say goodbye to the high schoolers that I was so excited to teach for the 2nd year in a row. And…

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Sep 17 2012

On politics…

Today my 9th grade boys asked me who I would vote for, and we proceeded to have a brief conversation about politics, race (“Mama, I hear Republicans hate black people.” They were interested to hear that there are several African-American leaders in the Republican party), and the importance of doing research on the policies to…

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Sep 14 2012


How do you let them go when you have only just met them and they write this on their do now: “Probably in five years I see myself playing college football. I don’t know what college I’m going to play for. But I see myself doing positive things for my life. But in back in…

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Sep 11 2012


Grading diagnostics can be really overwhelming. It really helps put the amount of work I have to do into perspective. Yes, I am speaking of the general science skills variety of test, not the do this complicated chemistry problem you have never seen before type of test. In other news… I have planning periods!!!! 5…

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Sep 07 2012

Looking up

So I have made it through the first 3 days of school. The feeling is much different returning than starting a new career in a new school as I did last year. At the same time it is still stressful… especially without any planning periods. (This will hopefully change by Monday…)  Today definitely had stressful…

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