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Teaching: Year Two

Well folks, the time has come. Tomorrow marks the first day of what I hope is a magnificent school year. Perhaps I should be holding my breath, crossing my fingers, and waiting until the end of the week before I say anything, but seeing as I'm a daring adventurer, I'll take my chances. I will… Continue reading Teaching: Year Two

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Blood and Harmonicas

Today has had its ups and downs. It ranged from children nearly passing out at the sight of tremendous amounts of blood to nasally performed harmonica playing. Unrelated? Yes. But all in a day's work. Admittedly I'm writing this blog post to take a break from the insane amounts of research I've been conducting on… Continue reading Blood and Harmonicas

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“I don’t want eyelashes!”

Today isn't even half over and my second graders have made me laugh more than usual. In our science class we've reached the unit on the body and its systems and how to keep it healthy. We've been talking a lot about cells, and also about the digestive system. Both of these discussions led to… Continue reading “I don’t want eyelashes!”

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A tadpole named Dog

Today was the first day back at school after Christmas break. Needless to say, the kids were a little wild. My theory is that their parents are not only happy to be able to ditch them for 8 hours, they're also so fed up with them that they want others to be able to truly… Continue reading A tadpole named Dog

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God Bless America…

You know you live in the 'land of the free and the home of the brave' when all of your second grade students think that The Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem, is a Christmas carol, and request it to be played for the end of the year party because, as they say, it's the best… Continue reading God Bless America…

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Kid Shit

Miss Rataaaaajczak, somebody peed on the carpet! Miss Ratajczak, how do you spell a... A what? A... like a dog, or a cat. A? ...you spell it... 'a'. That's it. That's it? That's it, I swear. How about this, Miss Ratajczak - if I stop picking my nose and eating it you can give me… Continue reading Kid Shit

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First Snow

Well, maybe it can't in all honesty be called first snow. It did snow about a week ago, but it didn't stick at all, and was melted by the time I got to work in the morning. But this is the first snow, the kind that makes it so you can't see on the highway and you… Continue reading First Snow

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Taking the Piss

That's a phrase I learned when I visited Europe. We don't say that here, but I've enjoyed it since I first heard it (like a great deal of other European phraseology). Anyway, I've learned recently that a fantastic way to brighten my day is to have a few private laughs entirely of my own. As… Continue reading Taking the Piss

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Poop and Love

Well folks, I suppose I should've learned by now to take the good with the bad. It's just all so confusing though. Who knew that the life of a second grade teacher could be so filled with internal conflict and contrary dialogue?! In any one moment I can go from completely hating small children, to… Continue reading Poop and Love

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5 Stages of Grief

On a daily basis I go through all five stages of grief while dealing with my second graders. No joke, folks, it's a regular roller coaster, and it repeats itself every single day. 1. Denial: Nah, I don't have to go to school. It's not that important. I don't need this job. These kids would do… Continue reading 5 Stages of Grief