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August 2009

Expectations

My district seems to start way later than everyone else. I’m seeing a lot of first days/weeks of class type posts, and I still have no idea what I’m going to be doing. I don’t even know if there is going to be a new teacher orientation day, or more than one staff day before […]

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I’d mentioned way back when that my school was taken over by the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools – Mayor Villaraigosa’s political effort to do something about education. After the first year, he’s quite happy to be able to take credit for some big progress. I could go on the usual rant here about politicians […]

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Sometimes you’re just fed the right straight lines. From a comment on my previous post: “Learn to keep your door closed and locked and your phone off the hook.” The thing is, I’d already come to this conclusion on my own. All1 of the teachers that I respected at that school followed this strategy. They […]

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This post has been a long time coming. I’ve obviously dropped off on posting for a while. I’ve been blocked. As you can tell, from reading back a bit, a big part of that has been due to my frustrations and feelings of failure. I’ve been thinking of how to express those, how to evaluate […]

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Start School When?

I’m seeing a bunch of teacher blogs about getting ready for school in a week or two. The back to school ads are out in force. I’m still almost four weeks away from the first day of class. Which is okay, I guess. I’m enjoying my summer. But, we also have a month and a […]

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