To The "Bad" Kid In My Classroom //

To The "Bad" Kid In My Classroom //

You come into my classroom late everyday. Your eyes to the floor, already in a bad mood. Some days, I wonder "How are you already this anger this early in the morning?" You sit at your desk. You refuse to do anything. You rip every paper given to you. You throw pencils, desks, anything you can get your hands on. You tease the other kids. You tell me you hate me. You cry. You scream. You yell. You mock me. You throw things at me. 

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How to Support Girls' Education Around the World #SimplySaid

How to Support Girls' Education Around the World #SimplySaid

Being a teacher, I see the power of education on a daily basis. I love seeing the light bulb go off. I love seeing the kid who couldn't read begin to sound out words independently. I love seeing the imagination of these little minds. I know all my of students will become amazing people one day. Our education system may not be perfect, and it is certain with its flaws, but how lucky are we to live in a country where education is so readily available. 
 

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Dear Future Students

Dear Future Students

As I sit here and write this, I'm in the hardest semester of my life. When I was applying to college, this was not what I imagined. This isn't what you see in the movies because this isn't pretty.

If I could give you a snapshot of what this semester looks like for me, it would be really late nights, staying up cramming, and really early mornings, heading off to a job in an elementary school that I pursued because of the hands-on experience it would give me. My days are spent busy, rushing and so many different assignments and places to be that my head is spinning most days.

I have had to say no to many things that are fun and exciting so that I can put school first. I currently am student teaching almost 50 second and third graders and my first few weeks, I walked out of the school in tears. I was so frustrated by my lack of classroom management and I was certain that I couldn't do this job.

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How to Find Joy in the Mess

How to Find Joy in the Mess

I grew up with four brothers and sister. My cousins live a block away. They even lived WITH me when I was a kid. My mom ran a daycare. I used to be a kid. I am totally still a kid. So I have some experience. I am no stranger to screaming and running, boo-boos and ice packs, untied shoes, markers on the walls, sobbing time-outs, wiggly teeth, today’s lunch on the shirt, paper airplane races. I pride myself that the other staff members at my school call me "Mary Poppins".

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