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Mirror, Mirror

I wear many hats at work each day.  At any given time I can be educator, life coach, secretary, mom, cheerleader, college counselor, and disciplinarian.  Today our tenth grade students took a high stakes test that is required for graduation.  This was the first opportunity for the students to take the test.  They have been […]

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How Sarah Got Her Groove Back

Most of my teacher posts these days have been as angst filled as my teenage students.  Working at my new school site has been such a big adjustment.  Its so different in fact, that I feel like I need to carry a passport to work there.  I almost feel like I have transported back to my missionary […]

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Building a Skyscraper of Character

As a teacher, I have daily opportunities to build character.  A few weeks ago, I experienced one of my most difficult student situations yet.  I didn’t want to write about it until now, because it was hurtful and I needed to heal and forgive before I could move on.  Now, I thought that re-telling the […]

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Welcome to Life

“I didn’t sleep very well” “I have to take my (insert name of random family member) to the hospital (read: doctor’s office)” “I’m on my period and I have cramps” “I don’t like reading”. Over the course of a single day, I hear dozens of excuses from teenagers about why they aren’t at school or […]

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I am teacher, hear me roar

Yesterday, when I walked up to a parent who had just come in the center and asked what I could do to help her, she gave me a long look over and accusingly said, “You are perky aren’t you?”  I think I have reinvented myself as the perkiest teacher in all of south L.A.  My […]

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Frolicking in Greener Pastures

“I just want to breathe some different air”.  This is what I told my confused students and curious coworkers when they asked why I wanted to transfer to a different site.  Now that I have transferred, I realize that is actually the perfect way to describe exactly what I needed.  Its amazing how when I […]

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Teacher 2.0

I’m moving my teaching skills to a new hood!  I cant wait to work in a new environment, with more classrooms and less baggage.  In the three and a half years I have worked at my current site, I feel like I grew up a lot.  I am not proud of some of the “growing pains” […]

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I Heart Teaching

I have been so into my job lately.  Actually loving it, especially when I realize that I am investing in teenagers, endeavoring to live up to school’s motto of “empowering minds by inspiring hearts”.  This month, our students are participating in this amazing program where they learn about and memorize classical poetry. They learn about […]

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Confidence: Know Your Enemy

Self Loathing walks up to confidence in a bar…  One step forward, two steps back.  I’m still new at my “out of the box” life, where I stand strong in confidence that I am unique.  Great even.  That I bring something to the table of life.  I have been finding a lot of confidence in […]

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