Archive for journeys in education

Aug
21

My New View

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I got my first note home from school that was not all good. I need to work with Charlie on recognizing her numbers and letters. Here’s the part where I need to confess to a parenting failure as apparently, I really should have been doing that already, but didn’t know I should.  Too wrapped in my […]

Aug
13

About Now

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My life as a teacher seems like such a lifetime ago. Even though it hardly seems possible, everyone is getting ready for “back to school” now. Or at least that’s what I hear. I went from being a student to being a teacher, so “back to school” has been part of my vernacular for most […]

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Nov
26

On Being Nice

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I have been described many times in my life as “nice.” According to dictionary dot com: I should like that people say I’m nice, right? Who wouldn’t want to be nice? And yet…it stings a little. Oh, I know it’s not a bad adjective. It’s just that– I don’t know– there are so many adjectives […]

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Nov
06

Career Choice Déjà Vu

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I grew up with a dad who was a blue collar guy who never thought or expected that work should be fun or enjoyable—it was just a part of life. My mom was an office manager at a doctor’s office who, while she enjoyed her work, felt a little like she settled and could have […]

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The story goes like this: I was living in Comfortable World– the place where you live not because you love it and it’s right where you want to be, but rather because it’s, well, comfortable. It’s what you know.  It’s a place of pragmatic choices and little risk. We were living in a rental house after the […]

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Feb
26

I Want to be a Rock Star

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So how was the CATE conference? It was wonderful because it was inspiring. And it was terrible because it was inspiring. Dammit, it made me want to be a teacher again. And so goes the eternal mental volley that is my career decision. On Friday, I attended a great workshop on enriching vocabulary and another […]

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Feb
19

I’m Off the Ledge

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I guess I need to start with a big ole’ THANK YOU to all of you for the talking down! You really came through for me with all of your points of view and words of wisdom, and I truly appreciate it. Of course, I found it amusing how the comments (both on my blog […]

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Feb
17

Talk Me Down!

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Okay, so I stole the title of this post from the recurring Rachel Maddow Show segment (Have you checked it out since my post about her, BTW?) but it’s just too damn fitting not to use. It’s not plagiarizing if you cite your source, right? So here’s why I need a talking down: I had […]