Julie Ann

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Dec 28 2008

Most apt comment ever…

Overheard in passing about our controlling, power-hungry principal, during a discussion about how all the teachers with talent at our school are resigning at the end of this year, similar to rats fleeing a sinking ship:
“Yeah, but it doesn't matter to him if the ship is sinking or sailing…just so long as he gets to be the captain.”

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Feb 06 2008

Hilarious moment of the month….

This morning, during my off period, two of my most rambunctious and out of control boys show up at my door. This is not unusual. I feel like I barely ever get an “off” period because I am either substituting, or my room is serving as a holding pen for all the boys on my…

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I have a tendency to be quite critical, but I rarely offer positive suggestions about what should be done. In the comments to one of my entries, I was asked what effective administration would actually look like. I’m reproducing it here. I guess, looking it over, that it’s not much less critical than most of…

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I’m trying to end my productive weekend early so I actually get a reasonable amount of sleep, so this blog entry is cobbled from a couple of different emails and conversations I’ve had recently: First off, my school is ridiculous. I had to file an assault report the other day against one of my students…

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After dropping another $50 on copies for a single day of class last week so that I could actually have worksheets for my students, I stopped by the supply room (which is nearly always locked and never staffed) and miraculously, the copy woman was actually there, albeit surfing the internet to look at pictures of…

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Jan 28 2008

Some funny conversations….

As I had my head down on my desk, iPod in my ears during my planning period, I hear banging on my classroom door. Knowing it’s my kids who want to come hang out in my room during lunch, and not having the energy to be around them, I just kept my head down, blocked…

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Jan 18 2008

Welcome back….

I spent the first week after winter vacation at home, violently ill, vomiting my brains out and wishing my stomach were never born. I got back to school this Monday, after taking everything from my room that I thought my students could possibly steal in my absence, only to find that the cords to my…

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Dec 23 2007

Some successes, some failures…

Amazing! Winter break is here!!! I’m very lucky in that I don’t feel as though I’ve “endured” the first semester, so much as I’ve enjoyed it. There’s so much that I want to do better next year, and so many ways I am going to change my instruction and my management, but overall, it’s really…

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Dec 15 2007

Why it is I don’t get mad….

I had my 8th grade students yesterday, but there were only 9 of them in the classroom, which meant marginally less craziness and a bit more open and honest discussion. They were trying to derail the conversation by asking intimately personal questions, and they were so obvious in what they were doing that I couldn’t…

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Dec 13 2007

A student said to me today…

“You know miss, I’ma be a big NBA star someday. And when I’m big, you know what I’m gonna do? I’ma roll up over here in my Escalade, and I’ll hand you like, a thousand dollars, just ’cause when I was in school, you were my best teacher.” I laughed, and then told him I…

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