Becky Boer

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Blog Challenge Day 9: My 3 biggest accomplishments

Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about (or may not care). This is a hard post to write. Teachers don’t usually toot their own horns, y’know? We do what we do because of the output, not the input. Still, though, it’s important for every teacher to check in from time to time and reevaluate what he or she gets from the job. It’s a good way to recenter yourself. The three accomplishments I’m most proud of, after ten  ...

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When Those Who Can Maybe Shouldn’t (How Negative Teachers Bring Us All Down)

I am tired of teachers who complain about their jobs. I get it. Being a teacher is really, really hard. It’s one of the few jobs where the better you are, the harder it is. After all, it’d be easy to be one of those teachers who just sits behind a desk all day while his or her kids do worksheets. Boring, maybe, but easy. It’s a lot harder when you’re invested in your kids, when you spend evenings making crafts and coming up with lessons, when you spend nights staring at your ceiling, not  ...

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Blogging Challenge Day 8 : In my desk drawer

What’s in your desk drawer, and what can you infer from those contents? More pens than I will ever be able to use – I love office supplies. Sticky notes of every color, shape, and size – My students know that I love office supplies. Notes from the office – I have a small “deal with this later” pile. I have to put it in a certain spot so that I do deal with it later; otherwise, I’ll forget it. A Tide-to-go pen – I can be messy sometimes. Also, so are  ...

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Blogging Challenge Day 7: Inspiration

Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why? I’m going to take the easy way out on this question: there are boatloads of colleagues who have inspired me over the years. I’ll start with Laurie. Laurie had been teaching for years when I came along, and I’ve always striven to be more like her – not only in my teaching, but in life in general. She has, hands-down, the best attitude about teaching that I’ve ever seen. Laurie loved her students fiercely,  ...

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