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Aug 06

New Year – Same Goals

So, as I mentioned in my last post – this time last year – I’ve been at this a long time.  This is year 33.  I’ve consistently said that, when I stopped having fun, I’d leave.  Well, last year I didn’t have my normal crazy amount of fun. There were moments of joy.  I seriously …

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Aug 16

31 and counting…

So today I officially started my 32nd year as a teacher.  I have said that, as long as I’m having fun and not exhibiting signs of losing my mind (no comments please), I’ll keep at it.  I’m hoping that someone lets me know before I’ve officially stayed too long at the party. Even after 31 …

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Mar 05

Can an activity be a success and failure at the same time?

The short answer – YES!   Now for the longer answer…. Anyone that’s taught Algebra 2 knows that the rational functions unit can be a challenge for students – “WHAT Fractions with letters in them!  You’ve got to be kidding me, Ms. Burke!  Do you really hate us this much?”   So we’re in the middle of …

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Nov 30

Love letter to #MTBoS (or why I blog…)

So, as many of you might already know, the great Kate Nowak (@k8nowak) is doing a presentation about the benefits of blogging at the NCTM conference!  (Whoo Hoo – wish I could be there.)  She has asked folks to “talk” a bit about why they blog and what blogging has brought to their teaching (and …

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Aug 31

Change…

So let me start by saying… I’m old… not unreasonably old and not really old in my head but its been a long time since I was the rookie teacher in my school.  I’m the one that’s “always been here” and the one that knows all about what was “a million years ago.”  On top …

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Jun 30

Anxiety…

“Anxiety is feeling unrealistic fear, worry, and uneasiness.”  Yep, that’s me…. at least where I was and sometimes still am…..  About lots of things…. Would my kids pass their end of course test? Would we find just the right teachers to fill our open positions for next year? What do others think of the job …

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