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Monthly Archives: May 2019

It Comes with Experience

Thu, 23 May 2019, 07:32 PM (-06:00)

Two grasshopper moments from this past week… 1. Sharpening Pencils He came to sharpen his pencil. There is an electric sharpener sitting on a low table by the wall just below the whiteboard, and the students know that they may come up at any time to sharpen their pencils. A student who wants an effective […]

Checking Her Answers

Tue, 21 May 2019, 08:24 PM (-06:00)

The period was over. Most of the students had turned in their tests. I scanned the room and saw a student closely examining hers — not rushing to get one more answers in but rather looking it over closely. She was done. She had answered every question. And yet, she didn’t just hop up and […]

So Happy Day

Mon, 20 May 2019, 08:14 PM (-06:00)

A student came into my classroom one day after school last week. She wanted help going over some problems. She found a spot to sit and took the chair down from the desk. We started working problems. I would help her a bit and then suggest that she see how far she could get while […]


Sun, 19 May 2019, 06:04 PM (-06:00)

When I came out onto the patio, Miss Izzy was playing with some young girls, much to the glee of the fair and industrious Trudy who had her on a short leash. Nearby, two boys were at a small table horsing around. They were standing in the chairs, and one was shouting to a homeless […]

Rainy Day Pencils

Tue, 14 May 2019, 07:38 PM (-06:00)

It was a rainy day. On days like that, the ag classes which are in the portables stay inside, scrounging for space in rooms where teachers have a planning period (and so no students). This is why, during fifth period, they came into my room. One of the students was working on a project. She […]

The Last Lesson

Mon, 13 May 2019, 08:12 PM (-06:00)

At some point on Friday, my Algebra 2 colleague said to me, “Well, today’s the last day of notes for the students.” We both have them keep notes in composition notebooks. Sometimes they glue things in. Much of the time, they write notes and examples based on what I’m writing in my notebook. So the […]

Just Fine

Sun, 12 May 2019, 08:40 PM (-06:00)

Sometimes I get distracted. I will be talking about something like, I don’t know, something like direct variation. And then I will stop mid-sentence and look at the class. I will look at them and change gears — tell a story. When this happens, they set their pencils down. They have learned to see it […]

Mother’s Day

Sun, 12 May 2019, 03:14 PM (-06:00)

Happy Mother’s Day, mom.

Onslaught of Yellow

Sun, 12 May 2019, 03:02 PM (-06:00)

The Bluebonnets have come and gone. Their seed pods are beginning to dry, preparing to spew seeds for another generation down the line. And the Indian Paintbrush have come and gone, too. At their peak, a dusty orange-pink lined my 30 mile drive to school, taking my breath away at the beginning of every day. […]