24 Mar

I saw this structure in Write the World and thought it was cool. They referenced Gregory Burnham’s original piece, but I was moved even more by this one by Sophia DuBose because it contains more of a narrative (although a heart-breaking one).

23: my age when I got my teaching certificate

01/03/2000: First day on the job

1: Desks thrown at previous teacher, leading to the job opening

315: Students in the high school

$22,000: Yearly salary

3: Children of administrators/school board members on my caseload

1: Detentions assigned for straining to pass gas during class

4: Warnings to stop straining to pass gas during class

2: Buildings taught in that first semester

4: Classrooms taught in that first semester

6: Grades taught in the first semsester

3: Subjects taught in that first semester

2: Languages taught in that first semester

1: Languages of fluency

1: Janitor closets to store my stuff

1: Hints by school board member to bump up her daughter’s grades

0: Number of times I took the hint

2: Meetings with parents of students trying to bully me

0.5: Support from administrators at said meeting

18: Months before I resigned

0: Job offers at the time of my resignation

0: Regrets

I am happy to say that I moved to a new town and found a wonderful school. I’ve been in my current school for almost 20 years.


Posted by on March 24, 2021 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “Sub-totals

  1. Katie Diez

    March 24, 2021 at 9:20 am

    This look back at the beginning of your career in numbers is such a cool way to express your feelings during this time. I am so glad that you have 0 regrets and are happy where you are at now! Such a cool idea! I might need to ‘borrow’ it:)

  2. dianelisa2

    March 24, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    You’ve presented an interesting story here with numbers and snippets of experiences. What a challenging job you had to deal with! It’s good to know that you landed in a better place.

  3. Elisabeth Ellington

    March 24, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    This is really clever and well done. Such a creative way to tell a story. I’m not sure I could ever pull this structure off myself, but I’m definitely bookmarking this one as a future mentor text for my students!


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