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Oct 19 2013

Becoming a Bad Student

“Miss, can I go to the bathroom?” You’re bored. Damn it. “Ask me after 15 minutes.” “But I really gotta go!” “If you pee your pants, I’ll buy you new ones.” She always forgets to ask again. Some students ask to go to the bathroom when their bladder is full. Others ask when the class…

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I made a breakthrough this week. I became better at delivering lessons. A lot better. Any other week, the credit would have gone to my CMA, MTLD, or teachers-with-excellent-advice, but I have to admit that 95% of my professional development this week is because of him: This is The Germ. A rhinovirus, I think. It…

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“Math… High School… Phoenix! Phoen–” I muffled into Mr.’s shoulder, then rolled around on the floor, and then we went to get a celebratory box of bagels. This was in November, 2012. I spent the next seven months regularly emailing stories from TeachforUs (with subject lines like: “look at this schedule! LOOK AT IT!!” and…

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