French in Appalachia

There are so many stories I’ll never be able to tell my first year with my own classroom. You know the drive, and you’ve gotten a couple of clever quips from the children here and there, but that’s probably all I’ve said about that year. Truth be told, it was a very difficult year for me, but […]

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Mothers Who Think

I’ve been going through old boxes, trying to sell off what I just haven’t used in years.  I was about to list a book I received from a fellow teacher as I left school that last year, when I opened the cover.  Inside I read:  Zen Mama, To the wise brilliant I shall miss you. […]

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Parry Hotter

(I started leaving a comment for Karen, on her Countdown post, but realized I should just write my own post.  I’m not doing the whole Harry Potter meme, I’m only responding to the first question.) When I was student teaching I borrowed books 1-3 from my cooperating teacher under her recommendation.  It was very important to both […]

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Suffer Silently, Talk Later

What a blur this spring has been!  Today my husband returns home from Virginia where he has been for the past five weeks.  That’s right, folks, in the post-partum period when I was still dumping hormones left and right my grandfather died and my husband went to school on the other side of the country […]

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Virginia Tech hits pretty close to home.  It’s less than two hours from where we were.  All the professionals I knew were either Cavaliers (from UVA, and less common in our area) or Hokies (from VTech.)  Several of our friends at SVU that left when we did went on down to Virginia Tech for more […]

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Competition in All Things

My last year of teaching was in an amazing school in a beautiful residential area.  The children often played near or at the school after school hours and knew all the comings and goings of the school staff and faculty.  As I was only one of two new teachers that year, it didn’t take my […]

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Weekly Anamnesis #10

Remedy I didn’t belong at that school, but it was the only one within driving distance from where we lived that was hiring that year, and my husband had recruited my family to make me promise I would not return for more abuse at the autism center. With the exception of the principal, also new […]

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