What I Should Have Told My Interviewers

I interviewed at KIPP NYC’s three elementary schools this weekend! My day began with a demo lesson for 1st grade science at KIPP Infinity, then proceeded into a whirlwind tour of the three… Continue reading

Making Failure Survivable

I made a tough decision yesterday, one I hope was the right one. I’ve been planning an inquiry-based unit on Astronomy since November, one I envisioned would culminate in an Astronomy Exhibition Night… Continue reading

Ask the Experts

I have a new way of unit planning. It’s called, ask the experts. To plan my upcoming Astronomy unit, I emailed my mentor at the New Science Teacher Academy, I asked for help… Continue reading

THIS is what I aspire to. THIS is what is possible.

I’m Applying for Jobs

And it’s both exciting as well as nerve-wracking. I’ve thought a lot about what I would like to do, and I’m pretty content with the conclusions that I’ve made. The first conclusion is… Continue reading

I’m Rolling Gutterballs

I’m in the middle of grading my latest unit assessment right now and the trends of student achievement are demoralizing, to say the very least. Even objectives I have tutored extensively for have… Continue reading

My Commitment for the School Year

Commitment is as much a mindset as it is a set of actions. So, this year, I am committing. I am committing to 100%. I commit to 100% of my students being 100%… Continue reading

The Best Part about Teaching My Second Year…

…is the experience of building much stronger relationships with my students. Last year I was too stressed, and battling too much with my students for control, to build lasting relationships with the majority… Continue reading

My Long Term Plan

My Biggest Challenges as a Beginning Second Year Teacher

Right now I’m struggling with two things. One is pacing. The second is data. On the first challenge, my lessons are taking twice as long as I plan them to take. I think… Continue reading