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Sep 05 2013

A War Worth Fighting?

I think it is safe to say that the 2013-2014 learning year is off to a successful start! We are adjusting to our new schedules (mine being a bit crazy, but really awesome at the same time), and getting back into the swing of school.  We have some exciting Community Based Learning Projects I have…

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Jul 02 2013

Donors Choice? Choose Us!

I’ll make this short and sweet: We need supplies! Donors… Choose us! http://www.donorschoose.org/ms.schwamburger I have taken time out of my “oh-so-busy” summer schedule to create our classroom’s Donors Choose site! If you are unfamiliar with the awesomeness that is “Donors Choose”, here is a quick synopsis: “DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy…

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May 09 2013

“School Mom” Mode

This year’s April showers not only brought the budding of May flowers, but also many other awesome joys! First let’s admire the natural beauty of Spring… Pause and “smell” the… flowers: And now onto the highlights of an Awesome April: From successfully proctoring the PSSA to a group of 22 nervous 3rd graders, as well…

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While the NCAA’s March Madness may just be reaching it’s grand finale round of games, I am declaring that the “Madness” that had inhabited Room 306 during the past month is over.  We survived. I am not exaggerating when I say we really had reached a state of madness by the time our blessed Spring…

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Dec 18 2012

More than Words and Numbers

A Loving Parent “Dear Teacher, I am sending you my most precious possession today, Trusting in your care what to do and say, Be gentle and loving and encourage him too, I’m trusting in you to know what to do, Show him things and let him draw, So he’ll remember the things he saw, Let…

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Nov 27 2012

Said, Did, Feel…

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou I know they forget, or simply do not hear, over 80% of what I say in a day… And I hope they forget at least 50% of the…

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Nov 16 2012

PM Disappointment Becomes PM Pride

Let me begin with a brief snippet of a conversation you would have heard last week in Room 306: Student: “I keep thinking you’re my mom…” Me: “I’m only your ‘School Mom’.. I can never be as great as your real mom.” Student: “Hmm.. I know.. But… you’re pretty close!” On a day I was feeling less…

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Everyday, I experience a variety of emotions, a roller coaster of feelings, and about 20,000 thoughts per minute.  Within this wild ride of daily classroom leading, more often than not, at any given moment, I am experiencing 2 or more conflicting emotions at once. For example, when a student is “singing” (humming odd noises and…

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Oct 10 2012

“Sweat the Small Stuff”

At Mastery, we have many mottos and mantras, but one of the all encompassing, everyday values we abide by as a “Master-ific” way of life: “Sweat the Small Stuff.” Now, in terms of Mastery’s vision of what it means to “Sweat the Small Stuff,” it may appear that we are being “strict,” “rigid,” and “controlling”…

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Oct 02 2012

Just an “Ordinary” Day…

Today marks the start of our 6th week of school here at Mann, and I could not help but think, “Holy cow! We’ve been at this for 6 weeks already?! Do we have anything to show for it…?” Today seemed especially “ordinary,” “normal,” and even “average.”  So, naturally, I started to think back over the…

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Sep 15 2012

Be the Calm in the Storm

You may think you’ve seen ADHD in action, but you have no idea. When a child, physically, mentally, and emotionally, has no control due to the neurological functioning of his brain… When he cannot sit, or stand, or walk even, without throwing his arms up, or grabbing anything within reach, because he felt the urge…

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Aug 31 2012

Keeping a Straight Face

As we are approaching “High Five Friday!” of our first full week of school, there are a few things I need to write down and let go, and other things I need to hold on to, for the tougher days ahead. Let’s start with Monday, the first day of “official instruction.”  This means, we’re supposed…

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Aug 23 2012

“We’ve all been there..”

Palms sweating, tears welling, nerves? excitement?  fear?  too much coffee? or is this an anxiety attack? That was my emotional state as I drove to school this morning.  And of course, as soon as I walk in the door, someone asks me “How are you doing?” with that sympathetic tone.  I, being a model Mastery…

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Aug 12 2012

On Purpose

pur·pose noun 1.the reason for which something exists or is done. I suppose I should begin this project like we begin each lesson for our students; Explain “Why.” Why have I decided to keep a written account of my experiences as a first year special education teacher?  Why, when I will be stressed and exhausted from the…

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