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School Daze

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Timehop pulled up this gem from last year and reminded me of students’ quarterly scramble to turn their grade around. I joked that should I ever hear of Fire Monkey doing this to his overworked and underpaid teachers, the consequences will be far more dire than if he had accepted …

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Advice for New Teachers

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I am taking a leave of absence from teaching this school year to take care of Fire Monkey and to prevent the household from sinking into complete mayhem while Science Guy finishes his doctorate. (Mayhem levels are still expected to rise.) It is definitely the best decision for our family but …

Who Comes First?

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Last week my former students whom I had last year at the career center had their convocation in which they received their career-tech credentials. Last year before I left, I’d promised my juniors to come back for their convocation. I had to break that promise. With Fire Monkey less than three …

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The Organizational Beast-o-tron

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By definition, organization is not a strong suit of the A-minus Mama. Sure, I love creating organizational schemes, but the execution is…usually somewhat lacking. (Just ask my long-suffering mother and bemused husband. And my students. And my coworkers. Sigh.) But the first two work weeks of 2016 have been the …

A-minus Mama: Prologue

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Author’s Note: I’ve come to the conclusion that my blog posts are too long and this is why I haven’t been able to finish a post for three months. (I am also really, REALLY prone to falling into a spiral of recursive reflection on my lack of blogging.) At least …

Silver and Gold

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Today was day 3 (technically day 4 but first day was freshman only and I had maybe a dozen kids for 10 minutes at a time) of the school year, and because of my blocked scheduling, the first time I’d seen any of my students for the second time. (If …