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From the Desk of Mr. Foteah

inspiration from inside the classroom

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Next Stop: Administrationphotomatt7Leadership-Quotes-44

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:32:04 +0000

The teach goes on. It’s now my seventh year in the classroom and fifth in special ed. It’s been a while since I’ve been anything like the presence online I once was, but I’m still here. Hi, everyone. I hope you’ve been … Continue reading

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My Vision of an Ideal Schoolphotomatt7

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:12:18 +0000

Behind the gates of our campus, you will enter a unique space established with children, learning, and social and environmental consciousness at the core of everything we do. Continue reading

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What to Expect When You Have Expectationsphotomatt7

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:31:47 +0000

One thing I don’t ever want to hear my students say is, “I can’t.” That’s the kind of toxic language that too many students have internalized too many times. Too many hopeful, eager students have been turned sour by disbelieving, … Continue reading

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What it Takesphotomatt7

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:00:55 +0000

What does it take to be a teacher? Many know. Many think they know. I’m not above admitting that, seven years in, I’m still figuring it out. Here’s what I’ve learned this year: Consistency is key. My students, like many … Continue reading

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Out with the Old Word Wall, in with the Newphotomatt7IMG_7726

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:45:14 +0000

Now that it’s been EXACTLY five months since my last post on this blog, here I am with some fresh thoughts for the new school year. But first, how was your summer? And, since I haven’t been here since March, … Continue reading

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The Most Miserable Time of the Yearphotomatt7

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:44:35 +0000

It’s a sad scene when kids who can’t read are forced to take standardized tests they have no reasonable chance of passing. It’s even sadder when they know it. Here’s one who has made considerable reading improvements thus far this … Continue reading

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It Snows, and We it isn't.

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:59:43 +0000

This will be a brief little rant before, for the third time in 2014, I venture out into what the mayor of New York calls “hazardous” or “treacherous” travel conditions because my job requires it. See, I’m a teacher, and … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Classesphotomatt7

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:55:43 +0000

If yesterday was the least stressful day of the school year thus far, today was one of the most. A blizzard Tuesday threw roads and transportation in New York into chaos. NYC schools remained open the next day. However, for … Continue reading

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Come See Failure at it’s Finest!photomatt7

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:41:07 +0000

An open invitation to politicians, education “experts,” testing lovers, and other assorted nincompoops. ~~~ WHO: Come see LIVE, REAL-LIFE kids frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, disinterested, annoyed, and upset. If you’re lucky, you might see one cry! ALL TYPES OF CHILDREN with … Continue reading

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But Do They Get It?photomatt7

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:44:53 +0000

So, in a sense, we’re getting it. But, in a sense, are we really? The literacy program we use mandated our current read aloud, and it’s a descriptive, wordy doozy. On the guided reading leveling scale, the book is a … Continue reading

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