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Today I asked my students to write me a haiku for their warm up about their goal as they are working towards 80% or higher on their final exams. Below are the ones that worked (or almost got the syllables right).
To give some context: Any student that achieves the big goal will be invited to a water balloon fight for which they can throw water balloons at me (and each other).
Sometimes I find myself drawn to the homicide reports in the LAtimes. I zoom in on the area where my school is located. It has the largest red circle of the LA metropolitan area (denoting the most homicides this year). I search the list for names I know, or deaths that are between 12 and…read more »
One morning of my first year teaching I walked into my classroom and my heart froze. All I could think was some one had done this out of spite. My desks and chairs were strewn everywhere, files and papers that were (somewhat) organized for grading or lessons were in heaps thrown everywhere. And what truly…read more »
I have been wanting to update this blog for a while. In the spirit of an older post, I’d like to share a draft of a speech I submitted for the 2008 corps alumni induction. While I was accepted to speak at the event, this is not the final speech that was used. For the…read more »
I have been asked to speak next weekend at a small event to raise awareness of and support for Teach for America. They asked me to speak for five minutes about my experience in the classroom. Below is what I have prepared for the event: Good evening. My name is M_______ Weinberg, and I am…read more »
Since I started teaching, I have been plagued by nightmares of school during the holiday vacations. My second year teaching has been much better. The nightmares do not come nightly, only when I am away from the classroom for a period of time. Perhaps I fear returning to what I had last year. That the…read more »