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Oct 20 2008


So…..I took my kids to lunch and ran back to my classroom to get prepped for the rest of the day. Sitting behind my desk, typing away at the computer, I see something out of the corner of my eye. Assuming it was a large gecko or cockroach of some kind, I prepared myself for…

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Oct 14 2008

teacher moments…

I believe in educating the whole-child…I believe that Character Education is just as important, if not MORE important, than academics. Integrity, honesty, kindness, compassion, sympathy, mercy…terms my students are familiar with. I believe in helping students develop such characteristics at a young age. Anywhoozle…today, one of my students blew me away with an act of…

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Aug 04 2008

Back to school…

Ah yes….school is back in session, which means I have to start watching my back once again, continually on the lookout for centipeds, cane spiders, ant colonies living in my sink, and as of most recently, electrocution. Back to school Day 1. 8am. Sprinklers go off outside my classroom. Poorly positioned sprinklers that shot through…

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Jul 26 2008

End of the year…

ALL of my 2nd graders reached their BIG GOALS!!! Every last one of them! Couldn’t be more proud….they worked so hard!

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Jun 21 2008

Dangers of Teaching…continued

I can’t believe the year is over already?! Holy cow! Well, this year has been…..interesting to say the least. Disasters and adventures a’plenty! The finish line in sight, I thought I was home-free, far from the days of bugs, creatures, close-calls, and the many dangers of the classroom. yeah right. The last day of school.…

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May 23 2008


As teachers, we rarely gets words of affirmation or appreciation….quite often we’re faced with phone calls, letters, concerns, questions, etc. But every so often….once in a grand while….an administrator or a parent will step in and drop a tiny shining gold glimmering word. That word….that word sticks into a teacher’s mind with the strongest of…

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May 21 2008


Sam….my little sam, my chair-throwing Sam, the sam who couldn’t read when he came to school last fall…..REACHED HIS BIG GOAL TODAY!!!!!!! He was so excited, he giggled…then I giggled. He shook with joy, his tiny fists flying through the air as danced and squirmed and twirled around the room! all that work….all that time….all…

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May 17 2008

Warm Fuzzies…

Ever since I began teaching, my goal has always been one thing….that every student leave my class every day knowing that they are loved. Last week, i was reminded of it… Mother’s Day. Sam came into school the next day and gave me a present. “Well thank you Sam, but its Mother’s Day. Teacher Appreciation…

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May 14 2008

The Finish Line.

Almost there…..4 weeks to go. 10 students have reached (and exceeded!) their BIG Goals! 10 students are one level away from their BIG Goal…..almost there! 4 weeks to go! They’re going to make it. I have no doubt! We can see the finish line…

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Oct 18 2007

oh…the irony!

so, want to hear a funny story? not so much funny as is terribly ironic… so, my classroom doesn’t have a white board. i bought a mangled left over piece from Home Depo and leaned it up against the wall and tried my best to fasten it so it wouldn’t tip over and smush a…

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Sep 24 2007

Big Gains!

I diagnosed my students at the beginning of the school year….many of which could not read, some could read a little, a few were almost at grade level. each student was assigned an Reading Level and a Big Goal (1.5 years of growth by June which is equivalent to about 6 reading levels). it has…

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i have a student named Sam. Sam used to be special ed but recently was removed and placed in my gen ed classroom. Sam has anger management issues and a quick temper. over the past few months, I have gotten to know Sam and can quickly identify when he is going to flare up; i…

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Aug 15 2007


no books. no leveled texts. nada. zilch. zero. zip. feeling a little discouraged, but trying to remain hopeful, i gazed at my empty classroom, wondering how i was ever going to teach these children how to read without any books. i plopped down into one of their miniature chairs and my eyes glazed over as…

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Aug 11 2007


my kids don’t speak english. the school doesn’t provide supplies or materials. i have no paper. a handful of pencils. i diagnosed my kids. 10 of them are at a kindergarten level. several students have been severly neglected, including one little girl doesn’t know her letters or numbers. today she told me “Ms. Judson guess…

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Aug 01 2007

ready or not, here they come!

the first day of school began today….woah boy! i walked into school this morning, anxious, nervous, excited…..anticipating the unknown. How am i going to teach a classroom full of children who don’t speak English? How am i going to fit 19 students at 5 desks? “Miss Judson….please call the office.” 2 more students??! okay….how am…

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yesterday our things were stolen. two friends and i went to the windward side of the island to see the mountains and the beautiful view. we drove up the mountain after the beach and parked our car for a quick 5 minute stop to peek over the ledge and take a picture. not sooner had…

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Jul 29 2007

roaches and geckos and ants, oh my!

I am back on the island of Oahu! I will be teaching 2nd grade at Kalei’opu’u Elementary School in Waipahu. it is a large school, however severely under-resourced. Classrooms were few and far between at my school, and thus I was given the old storage room to turn into a “place of learning.” I’ve spent…

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Jul 29 2007

Houston Big Gains!

teaching 1st grade summer school in Houston was an eye-opening experience. our first graders came into the classroom at the beginning of the summer labeled as “special needs,” unable to progress to the 2nd grade….by the end of the summer, they had all based their first grade assessments and were able to move on to…

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Jul 09 2007


….or should i say, howdy. yes, still in Houston, Texas training the day away for this next big adventure! T-minus 5 days until Hawai’i….so much to accomplish before then. My first graders are making progress so far. I’m sure many of you have heard of one my little ones, Daniel…a little boy who has been…

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