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I’m actually blogging.  This time I think it is a for real deal.  I’m not sure who will find this useful.  Maybe only me.  But I think it is time for me to look hard at teaching, at learning, and of course, the current pillar of learning – the almighty assessment.  I’m ready to reflect – again.  And I guess I’m reflecting here – as opposed to reflecting with my dear husband, my son, my friends, my family – because, well, I think everyone is sick and tired of my constant reflections.  And talking about my teaching doesn’t force me to look at the critical edges of it…when I’m chatting with someone, it is so easy to go off on a tangent and to lose my focus…and suddenly I’m no longer reflecting, but I’m ranting, raving, whining  or pontificating and the whole point gets lost.  Horrible.  My hope now is to use this blog to develop a reflection device that will help me look hard at teaching – my teaching experience and what I hope to do going forward as an educator to further develop my craft.

My posts will focus on my classroom practice in Chicago where I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade students reading, writing, math, science and social studies for 5 years. The intent is to look at what happened (plans, student work, assessment issues), what worked, what bombed and what to do going forward.  I hope to share new tools (for lack of a better word) that I develop in terms of curriculum, assessment, classroom karma (community, routines, procedures, management pieces) and colleague collaboration.  My sabbatical for the last year has shown me that one of the greatest joys of being an educator is working with other educators.

“Thedempster” is a nickname that one of my students, Chyna, gave me before I left Chicago.  It just feels appropriate.  I think the other nickname was “demo g.”  But for now, I’ll just use “Thedempster.”