Miss Bennett in the Bay

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Apr 22 2010

The End

I’m done. I can’t do this anymore. After months of soul-searching and thinking about the future, I’ve decided that teaching simply isn’t the profession I’m meant to have. I’ve worked excessively hard over the past three years, and to be honest, I’m exhausted. This isn’t fun. It doesn’t make me happy. To get anywhere you…

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Jan 26 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away

When it rains, it pours. That has certainly been true here in the Bay Area for the past week. We’re experiencing that classic Bay Area winter- a few weeks of rain, followed by spring. Rainy day after rainy day is making everyone nuts. When kids get wet, the extra crazy comes out. I believe that…

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Dec 02 2009

A Day In the Life…

I know much of my regularly-scheduled programming is much more meta-analysis than some other teacher blogs out there, which sort of helps me keep my life in perspective. I try to be a big-picture kind of person, particularly when reflecting on my practice. Otherwise, the day-to-day would totally wear me down. But, much of teaching…

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Nov 25 2009

Visiting Homes and Being Thankful

Every teacher at my new school is required to do 40 home visits with our students. This means that I will visit half of my students. If I were super woman, I would do all 80 home visits, but, seriously, you have to draw the line somewhere. If I visited 80 homes, I would never…

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Nov 14 2009


Well, I completely fell off the blogosphere radar for the month, but, despite that casualty, I managed to survive the absolutely horrid month of October. Mostly only through sheer force of will on my part, and then only just barely. When I think about what happened to me during the past 31 days, my mind…

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Sep 27 2009

You Make Me Feel So Emotional

We’ve just finished week four of school, which is usually a signal that everybody is getting pretty sick and tired of each other. Sick is definitely a part of the daily vocabulary at school; several teachers have had to take multiple days off to recover from whatever child-induced illness they may have contracted, and the…

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Sep 10 2009

The Phone Rings

These days, whenever the phone rings past 8 p.m. I pretty much assume it’s one of my students or their parents. This is because a) they’re pretty much the only people who have my home phone number and b) who else would call me on a weeknight? If you’ve ever talked with young kids on…

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Sep 09 2009

Chewy Dewey

Today, I was sitting with my last class of the day, trying to get them to talk to each other about their Goals. They are 7. It has been in the upper 80s in San Jose since school started last week. When those two things combine, the last class of the day tends to be…

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Aug 29 2009


We start with kids on Monday. My classroom is ready, relatively speaking. All the crucial things are up on the walls and I’ve got my plans and copies all set. It’s going to be an awesome first day. One thing that I have been aware of this week in making poster after poster is that…

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Aug 18 2009

Gearing Up

Today was a 10-hour work day, and yet I am home feeling much more energized than I have felt during those 8-hour days we’ve had thus far. The reason for this is that today was my first official day in my new classroom with the opportunity to unpack the massive amount of stuff I brought…

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