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October 1st, 2011

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08:54 pm - My kids are cuter than your kids.
One of the students I taught in 7th grade, Kina, was reported missing by the Chicago Tribune last night...I hope she is ok. She is one of the students I was never able to really reach. I didn't change her life trajectory. She ended up in foster care because she was being raped by her half brother...and now she is missing. I gave her rides home...I talked to her after school...I tried to motivate her...I called DCFS three times for her...and now she is missing.

My life has been so incredibly busy that I don't have time to breathe. Still, I love my job, and I can't imagine doing anything else. Every day, I feel like I have the opportunity to make a life change. Everything I say to a student could be remembered forever (or not at all, obviously).

We just had our first round of standarized testing for the year. It is my job to organize it, and it went pretty damn smoothly. I had another teacher test my advisory (a lovely group of girls), and she had them write gratitude cards. Here is a sampling of what I received (along with a few others from other classes):

"I would like to thank Ms. Eggert for making sure ehr advisory was o.k. when she had so much hard work to eb done. Thanks! Much Love, Nala."
"I would like to thank you, Ms. Eggert!!! For always making sure everything is alright and that I am in a good mood and a positive mindset...Love, Teanna."
"Ms Eggert, for always being positive and staying with a smile. From: AuJanee"
"Dear Ms. Eggert, Thank you for helping prepare us for the explore and helping me with my grades. Sincerely, Khila"
"From: Aleah. I <3 you. Thanks, Ms. Eggert, for being the best teacher I ever had and striving to do what's best for me & etc."
"Ms. Eggert, I just want to say thank you for always believin in me and the other students. It feels awesome to have the 2nd highest GPA. :) Thank you for everything you have done that made me a better student!!!"
"Mrs. Eggert: For being Kind, Caring, Funny, Smart."
"Hi, Ms. Eggert, you're a great ADL and Agile Mind teacher. You help me in the areas I'm struggling in and let me know what I need to do. I'm very glad to have you as a teacher, and glad I have no one else but you. Thank you! P.S. Shekinah"
"Dear Ms. Eggert, Thank you for being a wonderful ADL teacher. Truly, Deja"
"Dear Ms. Eggert, Thank you for keeping me on track. And always being there for me. I appreciate it a lot! From, Tiffany."
"Dear Ms. Eggert, I want to thank you for being there for me and helping me whenever I needed it. Thank you. Love, Yasmine."
"Thank you, Ms. Eggert, for helping me out this week. I seriously would have forgotten everything if it wasn't for you. Laquisha"
"To Ms. Eggert, I just want to thank you for helping me when I'm in ADL, I also want to thank you for answering my questions when I need help! Miracle"
"Dear Ms. Eggert, I would like to thank you for preparing my schedule. Also for taking the time out to help me. You are a kind woman, and I look forward to having a good year with you."
"I wanna thank Ms. Eggert for being helpful and showing me how to life a discipline life. And letting me know responsibility isn't gonna be that hard all the time."
"Dear Ms. Eggert, Thank you for letting me put my belongings in your office for the last week. I really appreciate it. Sincerely, Thomas."
"Ms. Eggert, Thanks a lot for helping me out on my math when other teachers were busy. I miss you as my teacher. And I'm pretty sure the freshmens love you! Love, Jazmine."
"Thank you!!! <3 <3 <3 Thank you, Ms. Eggert, Thank you for being an awesome ADL teacher and always understanding whenever I'm late for not having my ID. Thank you for making all of your directions so clear so that I understand and do all my work correctly. Also, thank you for being TOTALLY AWESOME!"
"Thank you Miss Eggert for helping me to become better. From, Tristian"

Phrases I now commonly use because of students:
-Leave out (as in "I'm going to leave out my house soon")
-Stays with or stay on (as in, "I stay with a smile" or "I stay on that math")
-Been doing/been done (as in "I been done with that.")
-Thirsty (as in "You thirsty to get your grade report)
-Stay (as in "I stay in Hyde Park" instead of saying, "I live in Hyde Park)
-What you on? (meaning, "What are you doing?")

I work incredibly hard. 70+ hours per week. But I can't imagine anything else being more meanginful. I stay on this teaching stuff.
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