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Whitley R
Daily dying to self so that His name will be greater
Daily dying to self so that His name will be greater

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Mommy Confessions
The past thirteen weeks of Theodore's life have been nothing short of amazing-ness but also challenge. Anxiety. Depression. Fighting for joy. Wanting to be the perfect mother and beating myself up whenever I didn't get something right- when he would wake up...

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#WhyITaught: By a Teacher on Bed Rest
Ever since I got the news last week that I was to be on restricted rest the remainder of my pregnancy and not return to teaching for the rest of the year, each day has been a jumble of tears. For me, the past two weeks have been a whirlwind. There is a surr...

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What Did We Do at School Today?
Often, parents want to know what their child did at school everyday. This is completely, 100% understandable, and it is their right to know. It is their baby who they are graciously sending off to school every morning. They have a lot of hopes and dreams fo...

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My 6 Hopes for Year Six
The past week I have been up to my classroom a handful of times: unpacking boxes, sorting math manipulatives in their little baskets, stapling borders, and making runs to the Dollar Tree and Teacher's Tools. And as I work away at setting up this room, there...

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Don't Forget Where You Came From
On days like today, really pensive and thoughtful ones, I can't help but wonder if I'm just missing it all. Missing reality. Missing the actuality of our education system and just floating on cloud nine and forgetting. I don't want to forget. I may be a tea...

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What I Wish I'd Done with GT Kids in the Regular Classroom: #1 and #4
Good afternoon! Andrew and I just returned from a loooooong stretch of vacation. We were in Chicago (for both of us, it was our first time there) for 5 days and then Austin for 4 days. Both were restful, adventurous, and beautiful, but it feels good to be b...

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9 Things I Wish I'd Done for GT Kids in the Regular Classroom
On April 22, 2015, I was still awake late into the night. I could not stop tossing and turning. The wheels in my mind were spinning madly as I couldn't help but think about and make a list, which I entitled, "What I would've done differently with Mike." (...

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Throwing Out Systems: The Best Thing My 4th Year of Teaching Taught Me
I know I promised a different post as my next, and it is in the works...but something monumental happened and I can't help but write about it. It is bursting inside of me, and I cannot wait to tell you all about it. If you have been a reader here, a dear fr...

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Don't Waste Your Summer
Okay, so I am kind of one of those weird  teachers. The ones that don't like it when school is out. Anyone? Anyone...? I know that rest and breaks from the normal rhythm of school life are necessary, for both students and educators alike. It allows us all t...

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Asking for Feedback
So I just did something a little scary. I just sent out my first ever End of Year Parent Survey to all of my students' parents. And I asked some hard questions. Ones that I might be afraid to read the answers to. Ones that I might have been hesitant to even...
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