Mr. B’s Blog

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

So I think my family tries to hint to me when they want me to update. I really enjoy reading your blog. You write so well. Or, I really enjoy hearing about all you’re doing. It’s great to read your blog.
BUT, alas, I’ve neglected the cyber world of my life for far too long and have decided to update.
First things first, I completed my first year of teaching at the end of June. It was an incredible experience at the end of the year, preparing for end of year standardized tests (yes, kindergartners can and do take such tests at my school), figuring out how to spend my 4 weeks of summer break (more on that in a second), and the most important: the kindergarten graduation of the class of 2021. Speaking of which…
In my school, ALL members of faculty walk at graduation from elementary all the way to high…

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Apr 22 2009

Updates galore!

Goodness it’s been a while. I think I just found 10 minutes or so to squeeze in an update so I’ll do my best to update. My last post wasn’t met well by family. They want the meat and potatoes of my teaching life, not the fact that I enjoy sitting along the Hudson. FINE!…

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Mar 21 2009

Could the view BE any more beautiful?

I just got home from a night in Hoboken. Had an AMAZING conversation with, quite honestly, one of the best friends I’ve had in a LONG time. We were coming home and decided to sit on a bench in a park. It was located right along the Hudson River, across from NYC. Again, could anything…

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Jan 04 2009

long overdue post

Happy 2009  I got back to lovely ol’ Newark on Friday after 2 “fantastic” days of driving with the stomach flu. I don’t know who got the great idea of DRIVING home for break (all fingers point to me though) but the drive back wasn’t nearly as exciting as the drive TO michigan. I guess…

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Nov 15 2008

End of my first quarter!

So Friday was the day grades were due for the first quarter. When I hit submit on my last student, this sense of accomplishment came over me. Rougly 10 weeks of teaching completed. Grades done and entered? Completed. I felt….like a teacher. It was a good feeling.  To top it off, it was payday. Which…

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Oct 15 2008

running low on fuel

Monday was Columbus Day. What that meant was no school for us. That was great because it created a 3 day weekend and the opportunity to go home and surprise my mom for her birthday. By surprise, I mean really surprise. I’m 99.9% positive she had no idea I was coming home. That was great.…

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Sep 22 2008

work, eat, plan, sleep, repeat

My dad made me realize this is what my life will be from now on. Work, eat, sleep, repeat. I add “plan” in between “eat” and “sleep” because no matter how hard I try to get all my planning done at school, I wind up bringing work home to do. I’m not complaining. It’s just…

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Sep 07 2008

first week? done

So I finished my first week of teaching on Friday. It was….insane, intense, incredible. Something I’ve decided to call “the three i’s” I thought I was prepared. I felt prepared. I was prepared…somewhat. It was a completely different dynamic from teaching in Philadelphia this summer and completely overwhelming. I know I will get better at…

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Aug 24 2008

a long overdue update

So this is super long overdue but I figured I owed some of the readers an update as to what’s been going on. Quick recap: Left Philly on August 2nd. Moved into Newark on August 2nd. Started work August 4th. I’ve been doing professional development stuff ever since. The good news: My kids start on…

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Aug 11 2008

Kasserian ingera

*EDIT* Credit for the following to Rev. Dr. Patrick T. O’Neill   Among the most accomplished tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors more fearsome or more intelligent than the mighty Masai. It is perhaps surprising then to learn the traditional greeting that passed between Masai warriors was “Kasserian ingera”, which translated means…

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