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Riina Hirsch
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An Open Letter to My (Former/Future) Students
Below is a letter (well, a published draft anyway) I wrote to leave behind for students this year. It was first published on  Theeducatorsroom.com  where I also write. I wanted to share it here as well. Dear Students, I didn’t leave because of you.  I don’t...
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Coincidence
The other day I went to one of the high schools. It was the first day of student attendance. I didn't go to "observe" teachers. I wasn't doing "walk throughs." It was the first day of student attendance. But, there are a lot of people to get to know. Hundre...
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Doing me a favor...
There was district PD last Friday. And the day had a lot of moving parts. Like a lot a lot. It was only elementary schools... Only 20 schools. The teachers were split in two for math PD. Half in the morning, half in the afternoon. Grades 3-5, they went to t...
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Once in a while, I know the answer
When you start a new job, doing something completely different, you feel stupid. At least, I do. Like everyone knows more than you about pretty much everything. Like your peers have got to be sick of your questions. Like you are kind of slow and very forget...
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Proud of me?
I wrote a letter. An open letter to my former students. Eventually, I will post it here. But not yet. My students; however, already have it. Since I left after the school year ended, no one knew I wouldn't be back. I didn't really know I wouldn't be back. S...
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Unpredictable challenge
I stopped at the QT for lunch the other day. Gas station food isn't exactly healthy, but it was what I had time for. And I ran into a former student. Honestly, I don't remember his name. He didn't even recognize me. I definitely remembered his face. I stopp...
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Seeing my stuff
Seeing my stuff spread all over some one else's room... is weird. It feels both wrong and gratifying. Definitely, I am glad it is getting put to good use. But what if I need it again? What if I want it? Oh boy. I don't even get to go supply shopping this ye...
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Kinder PD
I am now working with k-12 teachers full-time. So, this week, I facilitated the Kindergarten PD session. My background is mostly secondary. But my boss told me I had to get over it. The best way to get comfortable with all the levels, is to work with all th...
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Giving time.
New teacher time. We had a whole day for curriculum. Part of my job is to provide said curriculum. Or at least access to it. Most of that work had been handled by others before my tenure started. Can you believe it's been three weeks since I started this ad...
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Oops! I missed a post (again). My new job is kicking my butt in the best kind of way. I'm struggling with how to keep this thing going. After all, I won't be a classroom teacher this year. That doesn't mean there aren't good things. It doesn't mean those th...
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