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Dec 02 2012

Hiatus. Half marathon. Happenings.

Wow.  So apparently in Year 2 you have a lot more time, except most of that time is now dedicated to me and doing things that I want to do.  It is really nice to have more of a work-life balance this year, and be able to venture out and do more things that I…

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Aug 18 2012

Year 2 > Year 1

We have already completed our first 2 weeks of school!  I can hardly believe how fast they have gone by and how much better I am feeling compared to this time last year.  I am getting sleep, have stuck to my running/gym schedule and even have been able to go out with some friends for…

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Sitting in Delta State’s auditorium 1 day shy of the 1 year anniversary of me moving to the Delta, I had a lot of emotions. Current CMs got an email a few months ago about bringing community members to Induction and to the dinner after to speak with incoming CMs.  It would be a lie…

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May 29 2012

If I knew then what I know now…

In just one week I will be sitting in the DSU auditorium among the energy and enthusiasm of the new 2012 Delta CMs!  I can not believe that was already a year ago and that I am half way through my corps commitment.  I am very excited to be volunteering at Induction for many reasons,…

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May 29 2012

Sweet, sweet summertime

School ended one week ago. In the past week I have done nothing but read for leisure, take day trips to Memphis, and lay by the pool.  I have had 1 week to not speak about teaching, my students and been able to consistently sleep past 5:45 am.  I don’t think that it has quite…

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May 03 2012

The Exposure Gap

Teaching in rural Mississippi has many challenges, and one of them is the Exposure Gap.  The town that I teach in is just over an hour from Memphis, 2+ from Jackson and Little Rock and over 6 from the coast.  Some may call the town that I work in even “big” when compared to some…

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They did it!  100% of the students in my class WILL be heading to 1st grade   So overjoyed and humbled.  When my principal brought in the test scores, I was down with the 4th graders helping with MCT2 prep, and she stopped class and announced that they had all passed.  Rumors had been spreading for…

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Apr 01 2012

The Time is Now :)

Nerves are setting in!  Tomorrow my students will begin to take the Kindergarten Exit Exam.  I have been told by many teachers at my school that we have done what we should, and that they are ready, but I can’t help but to feel the butterflies banging together in my stomach. The first grade teacher…

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Wow — how is it already the middle of March? As I sit here and begin to plan for the upcoming week, I can only think of how absolutely wonderful this past week has been.  We have been on Spring break for the past week, and I have not touched any school work for the…

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Feb 20 2012

Protected: Can’t Help How I Feel.

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While the spring semester is surely flying by — with the help of this 3 days weekend — February could possibly be worse than October.  Tensions are starting to raise with the MCT2 now less than 3 months away, and the Kindergarten Exit Exam a mere 45 days away.  This month has surely tested my…

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Jan 27 2012

Early Morning Ramblings..

While I feel like I have neglected this blog, this entire month has seemed like a blur.  The past 4 weeks have gone by so quickly, and second semester has been such a breath of fresh air!  The same challenges are also around, as in I have to change my daily schedule many times a…

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It is New Years Day and the end of break is very near.  Tomorrow I will return to being Mi’ Ball, even though our students do not come back until Wednesday (not complaining, I could use 2 days of waking up early again before they come back).  This is also the 1/4 of the way…

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Dec 14 2011

2 weeks of not being Mi’ Ball

2nd 9 weeks testing is over.  My kids have actually learned something in the past 9 weeks, and it amazes me.  My students never cease to amaze me in the things that we are able to teach them.  This past 9 weeks we learned about greater than and less than with the signs that they…

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Nov 27 2011

Caught on the Border…

As I sit in the Dallas airport and see many children walking by, I wonder if the 25 that I left in Mississippi have been as lucky.  Over the past week I have spent time to myself, read 2 books, watched movies, dedicated an ENTIRE Saturday to watching college football, shopped, spent some time in…

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Nov 16 2011


tomorrow is the 75th day of school.  WHAT? Are you kidding me?  It is still almost 75 degrees outside on most days, how can this be happening?  Oh, thats right, I moved to MS where school started the 1st week of August, and the weather doesn’t get cold here until December/January. I still can hardly…

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Nov 09 2011

1 year ago..

1 year ago today I was a nervous wreck.  I was sitting in class anxiously awaiting that email from TFA that would determine the next two years of my life.  1 year ago the decision that I made changed my life forever.  1 year ago today I made the decision to impact students in the…

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Oct 28 2011

Fall in the south..

It is October 28th!  This dreaded month is almost over –Thanksgiving less than a month away, and from what I’m told, the year flies from this point on.  3 weeks until Thanksgiving, 8 weeks until Christmas, I can’t wait for the breaks that are coming.  Don’t get me wrong I love LOVE love my kids..…

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Oct 21 2011

The Education Escalator..

So I had intended on updating this blog more frequently.. and then I became a teacher ha! A lot has happened this month.  My parents were here 2 weeks ago.  They came in to the classroom and hung out in the morning with my kids during their math centers, we did a leaf painting activity…

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Today I am going to pick up the guinea pig from another school here in the district.. I have no idea if it is a male or female or what color it will be.  We spoke today about how the guinea pig is a baby and that we must speak quietly and be very careful…

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Oct 02 2011


As teachers we have heard that October is ALWAYS the worst.  No break, testy kids, weather changing, terrible, terrible month.  It probably doesn’t help that I have this attitude too.  Everyone says that you HAVE to take a day in October to not be completely burnt out and hate your life come Thanksgiving, but, I…

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There is was, staring me in the face.  Wednesday morning, no assistant teacher, no air conditioning, and a rainy day in the Delta.  This week started off really good, I feel so refreshed from my trip home and really good.. its week 6 we are almost done with the 1st 9 weeks.. which means we…

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Sep 12 2011


I’m exhausted.  Week 6 is here.. doesn’t that mean that this is over?  Oh wait — thats right, institute was only for the summer! It is week 6 and dare I say, my students are getting it.  When we walk in the hallway, they walk in the second block from the wall, when we go…

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Aug 26 2011

17 days.

Where did they go?  We have been in school for 17 days.  I can’t believe it.  The past 2 Fridays I’ve come home and gone to sleep by at least 6 p.m.  These past 3 weeks I have been in bed by 8:30 p.m.  The past 3 weeks I have found more patience than I…

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Aug 11 2011


26 pitterpattering feet have been learning rules and procedures and how to write their name in my classroom for the past week. 26 itty bitties saying hilarious things in my classroom.. yesterday during specials one walks in and says, “Uh, Ms. B, I went to the school store and then got lost and don’t know…

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