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Sep 01 2014

it’s official: I’m teaching a third year

Just turned down a $75k/year job offer to teach a third year because I love what I do and I’m not finished yet.
I once heard a clip of a commencement speech, delivered at MIT a few years ago by one of the founders of Dropbox. He talked about the idea of the tennis ball. and how we all need to find our own personal tennis ball.
Think about a dog chasing a tennis ball. He is single-minded. Tenacious. He’s excited and he won’t quit til he makes it happen.
The MIT guy said that we all need to find that one thing that speeds up our hearts and makes us feel alive. For me, it’s teaching, and education, and maybe a position in instructional leadership. I’d be a fool to walk away from that.
 
God’s calling for you is where your heart’s deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
I’m sold. Maybe someday I’ll become…

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Aug 06 2014

the second year begins.

And so it goes.   I’m not really sure where to begin. It’s been a whirlwind of a week; last week, in the span of 24 hours, I tried to gracefully transition from corporate/private sector life back to school life. It was a little rough. I spent two days in content leadership training, then headed…

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Jul 19 2014

the end of summer…

…and with it, a deep sense of reflection, purpose, wistfulness. In some ways I’ll miss these summer days. Free from the anxiety of evaluation and teaching, I think I bloomed a little this summer, reclaiming parts of myself that had long been forgotten in the tumult of first-year-teaching. it’ll be hard to leave this life.…

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Jun 22 2014

summer.

I’m in the middle of my first Teacher Summer, and it’s nothing like what I thought summer would be. In the vacuum of school – no more planning, grading, texting my kids, etc. – I find myself aimless and restless. I miss my kiddos. I literally dream about them. Is that weird?   I’m spending…

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Jun 03 2014

the end of my first year.

I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been too busy living my life rather than writing about it, I suppose, and in some ways, the feelings that the end of the year brings are just too big to be put into words. The past month’s been full of full-hearted moments. Times when life is just…

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Apr 26 2014

STAAR results & moving on.

We got our STAAR results back! Of the 85 students I teach, 6 failed (though they are the hardest-working and more incredible students know), meaning 93% of my kiddos passed. I cried of happiness and relief and freedom when I opened the email in the teacher’s lounge one sunny afternoon last week. And then minutes…

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Mar 30 2014

on re-hitting my stride

Spring has come and, with it, all the promise of finishing this year out strong. In a strange way, it feels like some things have already come to an end. We had our last district-wide 8th grade English day and, after hours of reflection and planning and best practices for next year, I walked into…

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Tomorrow is our first day back to school after Spring Break. There are a host of memorial activities scheduled for this week & this weekend; I headed back to school today to make some copies and was struck by how just being there reminded me of the overwhelming sadness we faced just two weeks ago.…

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Impostor Syndrome that received lots of great comments and feedback (yes – I read every comment and really do think about what you all have to say). You asked solid questions and nudged me in just the right ways. Thank you all. I wanted to revisit this…

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Mar 12 2014

death hits home.

A student at my school passed away last night. It was unexpected – a tragic accident, horrendous in that other children saw it and tried to save his life – and yet it happened, and the dawn broke, and the sun rose and we all went to school. The day itself was agonizing. My students…

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Journeys, challenges, & writings of a first-year teacher.

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