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Dec 10 2009

Operation IBP: The Breakthrough

Today, I had a much-needed chat with one of my most challenging students.  I taught him last year when he was a third grader, but somehow his work ethic and classroom behavior has changed significantly in my fourth grade class.  This year, from his outward display, one could say he is does not care about…

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Nov 21 2009

Constantly evaluating and making changes

     Becoming a great teacher is all about constantly evaluating your progress and making changes to improve.  Working with two classes of over sixty children with differing personalities, different things work for each and every one of them.  At the end of the day, if I just decided to keep teaching the same way…

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Nov 19 2009

DEAR and Round Robin Reading Debate

  The students at my school do not receive enough direct reading instruction.  The pacing (unit) chart at my school only gives students two-45 minute literature blocks a week.  One block is devoted to reading the entire story.  The other block is devoted to teaching vocabulary and literary skills.  In reality, my students are only receiving 45 minutes of actual…

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Nov 18 2009

Spread the sunshine!

  Too often do teachers get so boggled down with the students, that they forget to take care of themselves.  Staff culture is just as important classroom culture.  Earlier this summer, I emailed the academic quality controller, who is also the chair of the Sunshine Club about joining the team.  The Sunshine Club is a…

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Nov 18 2009

Initiate Operation IBP

Some kids just need extra special attention Before I begin, let me give you a bit of background knowledge.  At SABIS most teachers teach two grade levels.  I teach, third and fourth grade English/language arts and social studies.  Yes, you did read it right.  In elementary school, I am teaching two different grade levels.  It…

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Nov 17 2009

Reading is FUNdmental Program Evaluation

  Alittle over a month ago, two other corp members and I started an after-school reading program.  This program, targeted towards our lowest level readers, was initially aimed to use guided reading in an effort to bring our students up to their proper reading level.  Today, we had an evaluation meeting with my program director, Kwame.  I…

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Nov 17 2009

Girls2Ladies Updates

     I love working with Girls2Ladies.  A couple weeks ago my little lovelies performed during our school’s spirit week.  They had been practicing for weeks, and were extremely eager to show off everything they had learned.  I had a bright idea to design and order Girls2Ladies t-shirts to wear during the performance and for…

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Oct 07 2009

“You are one smart cookie”

Reading is FUNdamental, an after-school targeted enrichment program developed by myself and two corp members, began today.  We were nervous and excited the entire day.  We decided to have a working lunch in order to go over any last minute questions and go talk about the day’s agenda.  Today’s goal was to invest the students…

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Oct 06 2009

Teach For America Regional Spotlight

                                                Hi Everyone!  I’m so excited because I was chosen as one of the regional spotlights on the national Teach For America site.  Check out my profile by clicking the link:  http://www.teachforamerica.org/corps/placement_regions/greater_new_orleans/spotlight_DarlaBunting.htm

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Oct 06 2009

Reading is FUNdamental kick-off!!

                                                   So the truth is, my school’s curriculum does not have a reading block each day.  In fact, students have two, forty-five literature blocks a week.  This truth lead myself and two other corp members to create an after-school reading program to meet the needs of our lowest level students.  Hit with the STAR reader reports…

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Sep 09 2009

Moment of Obligation

  I started reading Be Bold: Create a career with impact last week.  The first chapter, A moment of obligation spoke to something in my spirit.  Here’s how the book defines a moment of obligation: “…you will reach a point at which your thoughts, plans, discussions, and experiences teeter on the brink of turning into action. …

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Sep 09 2009

My Four Classroom Management Essentials

  The learning curve from my first-year to my second-year is off the richter scale.  It’s amazing how much insight just a year of teaching can increase a teacher’s toolbox.  This summer, I taught third grade at Samuel L Green Charter School in New Orleans.  I learned so many classroom management strategies that I have…

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Aug 30 2009

You can’t cheat the numbers

At Teach For America’s first Professional Development Saturday of the 2009-2010 school year, second-year corp members received a second dose of reality.  Diana Leonardo presented the 2008 Corps State of the Union, in which she outlined the state of education in Louisiana and what that means to us as a corp.  The following are just…

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Aug 30 2009

Relentless Pursuit of Results

I cannot believe I let this much time go past before writing another blog post.  The end of last school year was a whirlwind.  Two weeks before the last week of school were spent preparing my students for their end-of-the-year cumulative exams.  The last week was spent proctoring those exams.  It wasn’t until the final…

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May 21 2009

I think I want to become a principal

Although, I cannot blog about it right now because I’m long-winded. I just wanted to say that after some events that happened earlier today and throughout the year, I think I want to become a principal. …will blog more in detail later ________________________________ Ok, this blog was actually supposed to be up a while ago. …

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May 14 2009

“But I can’t read…”

The poet, Lamont Carey, paints the picture of the literacy gap perfectly with his poem entitled, “I can’t read.”  He definitely hits home for me as an English teacher who sees first-hand that the achievement gap really is a literacy gap. Check it out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lByDfPOG0LA

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May 14 2009

“Ms. Bunting, am I your baddest student?”

Last week, one of my most challenging third graders asked me in a proud tone and a huge grin on his face, “Ms Bunting, am I your baddest student?”  He was obviously expecting me to say he was since he has to constantly flip his card or be sent out for disrupting the class.  However,…

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May 14 2009

my free time PASses by

So the end of the year is full of many major events.  One of these is my certification PAS portfolio.  In this thick binder that I have to submit by June first will be everything that qualifies me to be a certified teacher.  Here’s a small run down of everything that has to be included:…

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May 14 2009

“Do or do not, there is no try.”

Those words were uttered by Yoda in Starwars.  Although, I’m not a Starwars follower, nor can I tell you hardly anything besides the fact that I think the ewoks are cute, I did find this scene on youtube.  He’s giving Luke advice.  Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcjnbIF1yAA

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May 14 2009

A is for Attitude

Over the past month, my fifth grade girls have butt heads constantly.  Luckily, there have not been any fights because I have a relationship with each of them, and they know to talk to me when they have a problem.  I always know when something has happened because one of my girls will raise her…

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May 13 2009

“SHUT UP AND DO SOMETHING!”

I walk through life with a calling and purpose much larger than myself.  As members of the human race, we should all feel this sense of wanting to improve the lives of our fellow man.  Growing up in a city plagued by poverty and lack of resources enabled me to see first-hand the injustices that…

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May 13 2009

Feeling warm and fuzzy inside

Warm fuzzies are a hit in my classroom! My students love writing fuzzies each morning and reading them at the end of the week.  Their little mailboxes fill-up each day, and they get so excited.  I have a mailbox as well.  Below are just a couple of the warm fuzzies I’ve received since implementing my…

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Mar 18 2009

Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

Term 3, the final term of the year, began on Monday.  Since last week, I’ve added more and more to my classroom.  I wanted to welcome my class and reinvest them to finish the year strong.  I chose the theme, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”  It serves as a play off the Dr. Seuss classic. …

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Mar 16 2009

Funny, yet embarrassing ER story

Two Fridays ago I left school at 6:30pm.  Grades for Term 2 were due, and I had to hand everything in to the AQC (Academic Quality Controller).  By 6:30pm, if I had to grade one more paper, I think my fingers were going to fall off.  I was tired and ready to go home.  Luckily,…

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Mar 15 2009

N.O. Mayoral Candidate & Urban League

Outside of the classroom, I’m working with two new initiatives.  Since, December of last year, I’ve worked as a campaign assistant with James Perry for Mayor.  As an assistant, I work directly under Westley Bayas, Field Director.  This position has enabled me to attend neighborhood meetings and fundraisers, talk with other citizens of New Orleans about…

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Elementary School
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