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I like puzzles. I used to do sudoku puzzles. I tried bringing them into the classroom, even though it wasn’t math, because I figured it would be better than word searches or mazes for those times when you need to give some of the kids a filler activity. It didn’t work all to well – […]

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Where in the hell have I been?

So, I suck at New Year’s resolutions. We’ll see how this one (to resume regular blogging) sticks. I’m at a new school. I mentioned that. I’m loving my new school. The teachers are collegial, the kids are kids, and my administration takes the job of creating a good learning environment for kids seriously. It’s been […]

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Fingers crossed

What’s wrong with this picture? To be fair to my administration, the classroom hasn’t been officially released by the district (apparently the school does not retain control of rooms that are being remodeled) and it is still being used as storage for other classrooms that are being remodeled – hence the stacks of tables and […]

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Books

Our new textbooks come with consumable workbooks. They’ve already been delivered to our rooms, so that we’ll have them ready for the students on the first day of class (what with the William’s decree and everything) I’m teaching two periods of Algebra Readiness, with between 25-30 kids per class. I got 30 textbooks for the […]

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On your mark…

It’s amazing how much even some resolution can change my attitude. I know I have a room1. I know what grade level I’m going to be teaching. I’ve had my first department meeting, and all of my fellow teachers are interested both in math, and in teaching. I know that I’m going to have a […]

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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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Compartments (1)

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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Blood

Today in first period, a student came in tardy, his scalp dripping with blood dripping from over a dozen lacerations. I gave him a Snoopy band aid.

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Educrush

As if the rubber band ball distraction or the thoughts on time and becoming an expert weren’t enough, Kate totally cemented my educrush by coining the phrase Fox News math.

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IDK

I covered another math class on Friday. The teacher was giving a test. I’ve seen kids write “I don’t know” or “I don’t get this” when they couldn’t answer a problem. Apparently that was too much work for a large number of kids in this class. They had a whole page with IDK filled into […]

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