Plant Chronicles: Week 4

The terrarium is overrun with mold. It is everywhere. It is overrun… It was quite the disappointment when I lifted the dome lid and saw all the mold everywhere. Is there hope? According to DuneCraft’s manual, I now should create a chemical mixture to kill the mold, but not the plant. Does anyone have any […]

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Plant Chronicles: Week 3

It’s the end of week three and mold is thriving. Wait… I’m not supposed to be growing mold? Because I’m very good at it. The poor lizard, on its back, crying, “Do you not see the green mold of my underbelly?” (it is a rhyming figurine). Unfortunately, the return of the mold is due to […]

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Plant Chronicles: Week 2

Small signs of life, but these signs are not welcome. Let me start from whence I last began:  According to the “Carnivorous Creations” instructional — we want condensation. So, to my delight, day by day I observed ample amounts of water forming beneath the plastic dome of my planter. Condensation really is beautiful thing. I […]

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Plant Chronicles: Day I

  “Do you like plants?” was the question and HECK YES was and is and always will be the answer and thus proceeded the re-gifting of this here Carnivorous Creations: I shall use this blog to document my year-long journey to carnivorous plant parenthood. —————————————————— DAY ONE (04062014) Already my little venus flytraps, sundews and pitcher […]

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Yellowstone National Park

A very belated post — Haven’t had a family vacation since 6th grade and this past August my mom finally got her wish and we went to Yellowstone Nat’l Park. Yellowstone is gorgeous, and totally manageable for a semi-active-lazy family. The hikes and drives were beautiful. Can’t put it any other way and wish the pictures could do much more justice.

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Common Core

Recently came across this video where a student very courageously speaks out against the data-driven policies of contemporary education policy. As a teacher, I am extremely moved by this student’s heart and maturity of understanding by questioning the very purpose of education. Though it would be easy for me to complain about the current state of affairs, I know that I am not a perfect teacher, I make mistakes, and I am tired. Teachers are tired. So I’m not sure how much fight we have in us to fight an imperfect system. Who will fight for us?

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Education and Economy

Education and Economy

If socioeconomic status is a primary driver of academic performance, and if student achievement suffers in high-poverty schools, why do we continue to organize schools in a way that predetermines some for failure and then blame teachers?

There are ways we can make education better for all students — socioeconomic school integration, investing in early childhood education, providing the wraparound services students need — but a myopic focus on teacher quality won’t fundamentally improve schools.

There have been quite a number of articles* within the recent year that have been appropriately critical of the field of education, specifically in the United States. Much of the tension amongst teachers that I know of have to do with the implementation of Danielson’s Rubric for Teacher Evaluation — a new system with twenty or some odd number of components teachers must meet.

For those of us working in schools rich with the background and culture of low-income, high poverty ridden students, meeting such standards becomes complicated. One of the reasons I thoroughly appreciate the article quoted from above (“I Taught at the Worst School in Texas” by John Savage), is because he gives such a detailed description of what many teachers encounter on a daily basis. The inner city stereotype extends itself to a vast scope of schools across the U.S. and isn’t something that has been resolved with just teachers.

I do what I can, within the time and energy I have.

I am willing to plan and teach three different sets of curriculum simultaneously, willing to find my materials, willing to support the non-academic needs of the school, willing to counsel students about college, willing to get into more debt, willing to fulfill the state mandate that requires me to get a masters degree, willing to love my students. But I cannot help to ask what you (whatever you is— society, government, school systems, friends) will do in supporting teachers like me, when we try to do what we will while faced with students who show up twice a year, parents who watch porn with their children, parents who never show up, fights in the classroom, fights in the office, no money to sign up for the SATs…. what then?

I have already accepted whatever evaluation determines my future and yet, the problem persists.

*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-conn/the-public-in-public-educ_b_3776397.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&ir=Education

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Espiritu Santo

For the sake of brevity, I quote myself, from a letter to my supporters: Though it seems that we accomplished a lot in one week, if you were to ask me to elaborate on just one experience I probably would not be able to because God worked so much within me. I feel blessed to […]

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buried treasure

There is a scene in Disney’s Peter Pan that I think so profound and so overlooked: the opening scene at the Darling residence. The most important part of the entire movie is what happens when Pan isn’t there. At the beginning we see a frantic, imperfect father, disconnected with his children who search for some sort […]

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