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Reflections on Year 10

Like many teachers, I have a hard time celebrating myself. It seems a lot easier to find the missed opportunities and shortcomings that amass over the course of a school year. This year was no exception. In fact, this year was in many ways my most challenging and frustrating since my first year. Surprisingly, this taught me to celebrate accomplishments of years past, and to appreciate what I was able to do this year.

My classroom teaching experience was very different this year. For the first time I ever I wasn't a generalist - teaching reading, writing, math, social studies, and science to one class - I was  responsible for teaching math to both fifth grade classes. The work of building relationships with two groups of kids turned out to be more difficult than I expected.

My "home room" class who I started each day with was more or less similar to previous years, but the second classroom was incredibly hard. For the first time since my first year of teaching, I had stud…

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