Monthly Archives: January 2012

Change doesn’t necessarily mean improvement

Last week I went in on Friday during the students checkpoint test 5. I figured that would be a good day to go in and sit down with Mr. Ziegler and go over what we want to do this semester. … Continue reading

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A day of ups and downs

Yesterday was a very confusing day for me at Central Middle, full of both positives and negatives. One up-side is that the school was featured on KC’s NBC Action News as a school that is a “success” despite being underadvantaged. … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Ovaries

This week we got to dissect flowers!  I’ll admit that I might have had to quickly refresh my memory on plant biology as I haven’t studied plant biology since…well, my K-12 education.  Anyways, the students had to identify several structures … Continue reading

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Photos from previous lessons

I spent a rather truncated day at Central Middle last Thursday because of not feeling well. My students continued learning about Newton’s 3 laws of motion with a fun activity emulating a waiter whisking a tablecloth out from underneath a … Continue reading

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Catch-up…

So I’m playing catch-up from the end of the semester before break ended… 🙂 I have a funny story to tell, or at least it was funny to me. The day before break began we basically just spent time with … Continue reading

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Technology in the classroom (!)(?)

Hoping to prompt some discussion, I’d like to theme this post around the use and abuse of technology in the classroom. Coming in to the GK-12 program, without any in-classroom experience at the middle school level, I was all for … Continue reading

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More testing?!

Wow, I’m back from a whole two weeks off from classroom visits and everything seems eerily the same as when I left. A couple of students have dropped (one is in juv. detention, the other is switching schools) and a … Continue reading

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