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Feb 11 2010

Pepsi Refresh Project

TFA is currently in 3rd place in Pepsi’s Fresh Ideas Project. PLEASE vote daily here – http://www.refresheverything.com/TFA – to help us win $250,000 in grant money to help our cause ps. spread the word!

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Feb 11 2010

snowpocalypse 2k10

teaching days: 1 snow days: 3 will I be inside my classroom tomorrow??

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Feb 08 2010

snow day!

thanks to 28 glorious inches of snow that fell on saturday, we had off today! The day off was exactly what I needed for my own health, not like anything has improved on that front. I still have an incredibly sore throat that seems to only enjoy eating and swallowing tea, water, juice (sometimes), and…

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Feb 06 2010


well, I made it through the week, but just barely. and now I have the nastiest cold in the history of the world (no exaggeration). As soon as one thing feels better, the something else starts to feel worse. also, we got slammed with 28.5″ of snow according to 6abc and cbs3. being sick and…

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Feb 01 2010


so my day started with me dropping me toothbrush into the toilet. If that wasn’t a metaphor for the day, I don’t know what is. Teaching wise, it was fine. I mean aside from my child “with extra energy” rolling on the floor, acting like a dinosaur, and “driving a racecar” in the middle of…

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Jan 27 2010

Day 88: Pictures :)

As promised yesterday, here are pictures of my classroom :) (Ignore the mess, please don’t judge) my door all decked out for College Awareness Week the learning library/writing center/listening center close-up of the learning library main wall, with phonics songs, 100 Book Challenge Steps, and some of the writing center more of the library –…

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Jan 26 2010

Day 87: Half Day Blues

Today was a half day, with the rest of the day spent in teacher PD. Not going to lie, it was probably the longest half-day of the year. I forgot that my kids still had science today even though it was a half day, so Ms. Smith’s Normal Math Show-Me-What-You-Know Quiz show was cut short…

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Jan 25 2010

Day 86: Rain, Rain, Go Away

It rained today. I’m blaming everything that happened today on the rain. I realize that by blaming the day on the weather, I have the logic of a 6-year old, but such was life today. It POURED today. My classroom was shaking at times from the wind. We’re talking lights flickering, windows shaking rain. My…

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Jan 22 2010

Day 85: Loooooong Friday

I was tired. My kids were crazy and had the worst case of the Friday’s I’ve ever seen. Put both together in the same room and you have probably the longest friday in the history of the world. A simple long-i kite making activity felt like it took days. Recess felt too short, and the…

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Jan 21 2010

Day 84: Coin Drive for Haiti

So in just three short days, my school (120 amazing kinder-2nd students) has raised over $860 dollars for aid relief in Haiti. Cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I was saving this to buy xyz but the children in Haiti need it more”. Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about the generosity…

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