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There were 5 teachers out today, out of a grand total of 30ish.
It was/is raining and we have no gymnasium, so PE was inside and the kids had indoor recess.
Both the art teacher and Spanish teacher were out, meaning that some teachers got no "MAPS" electives and therefore no break from their students all day.
One of my students was absent yesterday not because she was suspended but because she had to get her hair done.  Good to see her mom values education so highly.
There's mold in the upstairs boys bathroom and probably elsewhere in the building, no wonder we're all getting sick.
I found at least 13 more kids that may have IEPs, and I haven't even searched 1st and 2nd grade's files yet.  Unfortunately, that' s not unusual for New Orleans.  That's what you get when you have records flooded and families evacuated out of state for years and so many students switching schools all the time.
Plus, the copier's not working.

It really needs to be Friday already.

still here

Jul. 23rd, 2008 04:07 pm
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It is a relief to have new brake pads on my car.
It will be a relief to be done with the TGNO summer session on Friday.
It will be a relief to know if I have the special ed. job at Tubman Elementary, and to have a job for next school year period.
It will be a relief to take a break from New Orleans this weekend, yay Baton Rouge pool party and St. Francisville.

I'm going a bit stir-crazy in the middle of a New Orleans summer, but having an excuse to go to Laura Plantation, Ignatius for dinner, and Bluebird Cafe for brunch with [personal profile] ekaterinn last weekend reminded me of why I live here.  This weekend, New Orleans just felt like home.  I even figured out how to make pralines, late at night after baking double-chocolate cookies for Kamp Katrina and with ingredients purchased at Mardi Gras Zone.

That is all.
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Brain fried.  Must sleep.  Red wine good.

For the next week we have daily readings and 2 page reflections in addition to 6 hours of class each day.  Tomorrow morning I head over to Algiers to observe in an elementary classroom.  Thursday and Friday we get Crisis Intervention Training, and Monday and Tuesday we have Literacy Training.  I'm tired just thinking about it.  Red wine is good.

PS-I use this icon on my teaching entries because of the story of the starfish:  you may not be able to reach them all, but for those you do reach the difference can mean everything.  That's the key to being a teacher I think, remembering that if you make a difference in even one child's life it will have been worth it.
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I just got my official Teach Greater New Orleans acceptance letter! 

This means I'll be in class all day for most of June and July and teaching elementary special education in the fall.  Summer classes will be financed by my AmeriCorps education award.

Now back to work.  I just found out that I have a 5 page paper due tomorrow that I barely started because the professor hadn't mentioned it since the first day of class.  Whoops.  But I'm pretty much too excited to be too concerned.

TGNO

May. 2nd, 2008 01:43 pm
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I'm as good as in, but I'll wait to make the official announcement until I know that for sure.

Thank you everyone who sent lids and encouragement.

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