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Apr 21 2013

Quarter 4… Week 5?

I have not posted anything since September. This year has been a whirlwind and there are a variety of reasons for not posting. The main cut off for me was that a couple weeks after my last post our corporate company fired our amazing middle school principal. As things had started to fall in to place the abrupt change caused an immediate hit to both the culture of the school as a whole and the staff culture.
We were struggling; struggling for months and trying to establish the culture that we wanted in our school. We are still struggling to establish a high performing school and a culture of students who respect and care, but we have improved. There was a span of time in my first semester where the only person coming in to my classroom to observe (perhaps on a monthly basis even) was my advisor from Marian. Other…

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Sep 18 2012

Week 7

Craziness. Week 6 began with all of the middle school teachers moving their rooms from the first floor to the previously vacant third floor. My boyfriend AMAZING BOYFRIEND helped me move and decorate my room Saturday and Sunday of last week to ensure it was ready for my students, and it was. It helped a lot…

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Aug 26 2012

What’s in a Turnaround?

Week three is done and week four begins in less than 24 hours. We are a Turnaround school, we are improving, we are going to beat this negativity. The schedule keeps changing, in week 2, students received new schedules a few times and teachers received a new schedule on Thursday. In week 3, all of…

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Aug 10 2012

First Week in Region: Finished

Just finished the monumental first week in region. It was a challenging, exciting, yet exhilarating first week. Being a turnaround school, there was a lot of unexpected happening, not to mention schedules changing daily, if not within each period! Hopefully in the next week or two our schedules (and those of the students!) begin to get finalized.…

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Wednesday marked the half way point for Phoenix Institute and we’re still chugging. It may be surprising that I have time to write a blog but institute just keeps getting… more manageable. Going in to institute I heard horror stories of what life at institute was like, but I also received the best advice possible,…

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When I was 12 (almost 13!) a Disney movie came out in theaters that my family would embrace as our own- Lilo and Stitch. I’m not sure if it is as big of a movie as we make it out to be, but it’s huge for us. The underlying theme that is repeated throughout the…

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