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Powers of Ten

Reflecting on my student teaching, I saw regrets flashing like flustering bolts of lightning and from their strikes the wavering fires they ignited… The first 10 minutes… Anxiety. I was filled with fluttering butterflies that stirred my stomach a crazy … Continue reading

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Gifted Students: The First Implementation

About three weeks ago, I asked, “What do you do when you have a gifted student in your class?” In less than a month’s time, this is what I did: First, I explained my reasoning (as to why the student … Continue reading

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What’s Plan B? C? D?

I found myself surrounded with papers, poster board projects, many rubrics, and an abundant rubber-band bound bundle of blue-and-orange-ink pens. (I’m subliminally creating, by giving feedback in blue and orange ink, an army of Chicago Bears fans.) Project, presentation, and … Continue reading

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Consequences of dressing recklessly

“We can wear what we want…” That was another commonly created rule that my students established for themselves. For a school where uniforms are required and spontaneously checked, I expected such a student-created rule to surface. Anticipating that rule, I … Continue reading

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Gifted Students

What do you do when you have a gifted student in your class? When I use the term “gifted”, I am referring to a student whose intelligence of the subject surpasses his or her peers by leaps and bounds. Consequently, … Continue reading

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To dictate or not to dictate

I tried to stop a rapid flood with stone obstructions, but the flood rushed on, wild from all that brought about its delay. A headache and a dying voice—that’s what I was left with. I have class sizes from 11 … Continue reading

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Book Review

The chairs and desks were empty. The whiteboard was empty. Pens, notebooks, computers, and projectors were out of sight. Conversation, sweetened with chuckles, filled the room as students mingled. From the outside, the scene must have seemed chaotic, uncontrolled, and … Continue reading

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Initial Planning

I landed in the middle of one unit and at “GO” of another. Having merely 16 hours of student teaching and six full days in Costa Rica, I planned the second half of one unit and the entirety of another. … Continue reading

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Breaking the Ice

Facial hair shaved? Check. Tie tied? Check. Lucky watch? Check. Shirt tucked? Check. Stable door closed? Check. Shoe laces tied? My shoes don’t have laces. ¿Estoy listo? Si…pienso. After I gulped the last of my café negro, my pupils expanded … Continue reading

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Arrival

The messy tangle of fears regarding student teaching is normal to experience and will be extricated by simplicity—one day at a time. Continue reading

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