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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Where is my highlight reel?

Last week, after Freedom Writers debuted on movie screens across the country, my students asked me, "Ms. Z., why don't you work three jobs in order to take us on field trips?" I paused a moment. "You guys saw that movie this weekend, didn't you..."

I patiently discussed with my students that I do, in fact, work three jobs and spend my hard earned cash on the markers and glue sticks that now sat topless and drying out on their desks. I buy their paper and novels for them to read when the school curriculum is not interesting enough. I spend hours driving to the local ISD to buy giant reams of paper to decorate my bulletin boards that they then complain are ugly and boring (okay, I admit, I wouldn't win the prize for best bulletin boards.) The kids paused. "You're right, Ms. Z, we aren't as bad as those kids were in the movie. We don't need field trips to make us good."

Okay, so I didn't mean to rant about how self-sacrificing and under-appreciated I am. I am just waiting for my highlight reel. When is someone going to take my brilliant best days, string them together and hire 25 year old actors to play my students? I would look like the best teacher ever!

While I contemplated whether Angelina Jolie or Reese Witherspoon would play me, I came across an opinion article in the New York Times, written by an actual educator, that perfectly articulated my feelings. Please, check it out. In the meantime, I am going to stop beating myself up for not sacrificing my marriage due to my unhealthy dedication to my students and start fantasizing about the foundation I will start....

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Cossondra's Article

Toby alerted us to one of our Top of the Mitt teacher consultant's most recent articles:

Resolved: To Be a Better Teacher Leader in 2007
Congrats, Cossondra!

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

If you buy the accessories, it will come...


Beth won iPod!
Originally uploaded by meldan03.

It was in the cards for Beth the night of the RCWP Christmas party. Only a few weeks earlier, she had purchased nearly all the necessary accesories for an iPod she didn't even own. The accessories were on sale, so naturally, she bought them, who wouldn't?
Well, for as much as we made fun of her- guess who's laughing now? She WON the video iPod at the party! I'm anxious to see what playlists, photos, videos, and podcasts she has gathered on it over the last month. Tell us Beth!