Who doesn’t love a good pico de gallo recipe? Especially one that’s easy peasy + delicious!

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The theme for this q + a focuses on what of the keys to student success: collaboration.

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c/o: Be Nice. Be Kind shirt by Taylor Mill Clothing Company

This community continues to help ground me in my love and passion for teaching. I received over 40 thoughtful questions that are inspiring me to reflect on my practice and collaborate with colleagues. If I shared all 40 answers in a blog post… it would be about 114 pages of my perspective based off my experiences so I’ve decided to break them up into multiple posts…

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Happy Early Birthday, America! Thanks for the AWESOME SALES!

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Yah… I got in some “trouble” this year. The quote, “I have two moods: 1. Worry about everything 2. YOLO” that’s floating around the teacher instagram world was basically my life this year. I definitely spent the months of May and June in the total YOLO phase. Prior to that, I was worried about making other people happy, trying to keep relationships at peace, and staying silent to avoid conflict. March and April brought on much needed growth and experiences that pushed me to places I never thought I would venture too. You never know where your roots are planted until you’re forced to withstand a storm.

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A couple months ago, I was chatting with a college undergrad who has been intensely pro-con-con-proing Teach for America. During our conversation, she shared she’s nervous to work in a “bad” school. My senior year of college, I heavily debated applying to Teach for America but decided to get my masters first. I asked her to tell me more about what she meant by bad. She explained that Teach for America has to send new teachers to the schools no one wants to work at– the poor schools in sketchy areas.

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I was born and raised in the PNW. Schools start in beginning of September and release students into the wild of summer in the end of June. It’s been so shocking for me to see how many of you all are already packing up your classrooms because school is out! YOU GUYS MADE IT! What is everyone doing this summer? Any other crazies like me and teaching SUMMER SCHOOL? WHERE YOU GUYS AT? Continue Reading

Does anyone else wish their teaching could compete with YouTube videos? I know I’ve had the thought… The reality of children today is they spend a lot of time in front of the television or the computer. I personally try to limit the amount of time I use technology in my classroom but have come to a realization. My students would rather listen and hear someone’s story than read about it. There are so many amazing inspirational books around perseverance, resiliency, and overcoming adversity… but if they aren’t hooked, we don’t get there.

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I wrote the blog post Dear teacher who was just involuntarily transferred a couple weeks ago.  It went live last week, along with the news that one of my teammates was being involuntarily transferred due to a reduction to our FTE. Everything I shared in that post was true… but I realized, at least for our special education students, how inequitable reducing our FTE and this particular involuntary transfer is.

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