Monday, April 18, 2016

Open Letter to My Classes

Dear Scientists,

Teaching is hard. There are moments when you just want to curl up in a corner and cry. However, I would never do anything else! It is the best job in the world. I am in my 4th year of teaching, and it has not gotten easier. Everyday, I have 90 minutes to help young scientists become the best versions of themselves every other day. Which is a lot of pressure. But, the young scientists that I see are worth every minute of my hard work.

Things I have learned from my scientists this year:

  • Teacher's can talk too much and it is better to let the student's do the talking
  • It is better to let the student's teach each other, than for me to teach them
  • That sometimes I may need to slow down and talk slower in class
  • If I am excited, then the scientist's will be excited
  • Being goofy and myself in front of you is good!
  • It is not always easy to be brave, have integrity and be kind. But many of you do it everyday! And sometimes, I do not give you enough credit for that. 
  • Just because you are talking in class, does not mean you are off topic.
Sometimes I do get frustrated with you. That is because you are not showing your PRIDE. I know that a lot of times you think, what do you know Mrs. Wangeman you are just a teacher. But, if you only knew how many nights I lose sleep over you.. Yes, you! The one reading this post! I lose sleep because I want to help you be better, show your PRIDE and give your best. I have come to realize that the only person who can change you is you. That is right. Not your parents,  and not me. You are the only one that can chose your path. I want the best for you, but more importantly you need to want what is best for you!  That is the one lesson I hope you take away from my class this year. Just because you will leave my classroom, all too soon, does not mean I will not be there for you. If you ever need anything you know where to find me!

173 comments:

  1. Actually you don't have us for 90 min. You teach 2, 90 min classes, study hall and START and FLEX.

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  2. You Said "things I have learned from my sscinetists"

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  3. I believe that students can teach themselves, but when it comes to high risk labs they may need you, I think that some of this is true, I think that your strategy could very well help these scientist. You also put 2 s's in scientist.

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  4. thank you for doing all that stuff for us!

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  5. How late do you stay up to grade our work?

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    1. I typically work on school work till about 8 at night.

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  6. I did not find any typo's and that was a very good blog keep on blogging

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    1. Jayden, you must have missed the two times she misspelled scientist.

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  7. I am glad you are my science teacher instead of my English teacher, scientist is not spelled like sscinetitst.

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  8. you spelt science wrong and its better If you teach us not we teach each other.

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  9. You misspelled scientists and I agree with your blog. Also thank you for everything you do!:)

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  10. Well your a great teacher you adapt to the students so you can teach them better and I know sometimes my classmates and I sometimes we are terrible students but I know you will always be happy to teach us.

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  11. I think that this is a good lesson.

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  12. Mrs. Wangeman you are a great science teacher, you make science fun. [You spelled scientist wrong.] I will miss you when I go to 7th grade.

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  13. Mrs. Wangeman, you are a great teacher. I have learned so much from you this year. I wish you could move to a 7th grade teacher so we can have you another year. Thank you for teaching me so much.

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  14. I agree with you because we are the teachers

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  15. That's true only we can choose what happens to most of our education. I think they should raise the salary of teachers. They deserve it!! And they have to learn A TON of names I'd be going mad!

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  16. Thank you so much for teaching us! Although sometimes you may get on our nerves (We all do sometimes), we still appreciate everything you do.

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  17. Never mind I did "I have learned from my sscinetists this year"

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  18. I think that this post or whatever it is, is true, but I would add something. I would add that it is not only you that makes changes in your life it is you parents, teachers, and friends that influence you to change for the better, good or bad. They pressure you to change for the better. We do indeed have the choice to change the way you want but it is because of them that you change for the better of you and others. It is not just us that makes us change it is everyone that is involved in our lives.

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  19. Thank you for teaching us! We can see how much work you put into teaching. I am glad that we don't have to do that yet! I agree that if you are excited we are excited too!

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  20. Dear Mrs.Wangeman,
    I am very glad that you are a science teacher thank you for being a blogger, you will help some other people!

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  21. ure a cool teacher bc ure fun

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  22. thank you so much for everything that you have taught us!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Happy teaching! Only 27 days left!

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  24. You are a great science teacher!

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  25. I like how you said let the students talk more and you spelled scientist wrong and my question who's your favorite class

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  26. you can teach other and your self it just takes time to explain. It to others some times if they need to see what you are toking about some of the time.

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  27. You spelled scientists with 2 "s" at the beginning.

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  28. You spelled scientist wrong. Thanks for being my awesome science teacher. I learned so much from you!

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  29. You are a wonderful teacher, I like how you stay calm and you don't scream with a loud voice you stay chill. I think that's pretty impressive.

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  30. You did a great job. You did have a spelling mistake, for example,spelled scientists with two S's. Other wise, great job. Do we really keep you up at night? I will take that into consideration. I will Try to keep up good PRIDE. You are an amazing teacher. I will miss you next year.

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    1. Oops, spelling mistake sorry.

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    2. Yes, if I feel like I did not reach a student that day or that the lesson went bad, or had to ask a student to leave I stay up and try to come up with solutions for tomorrow.

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  31. It does seem very hard to teach. You explained that very well in your writing. But I hope you keep on teaching forever. Or at least till the end of the year there is only 26 days left. How long do you think you will teach?<3

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    1. Mrs.Wangeman is the greatest teacher ever!

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  33. You are awesome and very chill.

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  34. You are such an amazing teacher! :)

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  35. You are a great science teacher and it dose seem really hard sometimes but you make it look so fun and easy.

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  37. your a awesome teacher $$$$

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  38. I agree with shayla H,and you are a good science teacher. Oh and you put an extra s on scientist

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    1. Be honest,What is your favorite class period?

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  39. I love the labs you teach us, you also show me the world differently.

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  40. this blog thing is a wonderful idea.

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  41. You are a great science teacher and I know it can be hard but you make it look easy and fun, I will try to work on my Spartan pride.

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  42. You are a great science teacher. How long does it take you to make labs for us? I will try not to keep you up at night.

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    1. Thank you Macy! Some labs I come up with the morning before, or other ones I work on for weeks. Depending on the lab and how many times I tweak it before we actually perform it!

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  43. You're really good at you job!

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  44. I'm so lucky to have you as a science teacher. How much longer do you think you'll teach science

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    1. I plan on teaching for a very long time!

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  45. Good job! I agree that we choose our own path. But from a different point of view, parents, adults, teachers, and friends can also influence us. Also, I really thought you had a good point in saying that it is hard to show PRIDE in our daily life. Another good point you made was that it is good to be yourself!

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  46. You are a very good science teacher! I love coming to class every day and having a lab to do. Also I agree with this post a lot, you are very right! What are some future labs we are doing?

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    1. I have a scavenger hunt/Maze that we will do the rest of the year!

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  47. your the best science teacher on the 4 side

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  48. You are an amazing teacher! You make science really fun, and I'll miss you so much next year!

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  49. Hello, you are my favorite science teacher.. but not my favorite English teacher in the spelling category. You spelled scientists wrong, but that is ok because you teach science.

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  50. I learned a lot this year because you are amazing teacher.

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  51. Have a good next year science teachers.

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  52. You are the best teacher that I've had, I think that it's great that we have not opened a book this whole year! I think that it's going to be difficult to adjust to a different way of teaching next year when we move up to 7th grade. Like you were saying it's important to let the kids try there own ideas even if they might fail. Thanks for the great school year. :)

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  54. Thank you so much for being our teacher this year and I like u so much better as a science teacher more than a English teacher... mostly because u kind of spelt a couple words wrong:)

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  55. I really don't want to be rude but you need to work on your spelling. "sscientists" is not a word. But like I said I don't want to be rude so don't give me an F I might get grounded then I will be very bored so don't. Thanks. So much. Seriously. Not kidding. (Maybe a little.)

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    1. Funny. Mrs. W, he's totally kidding! You should give him an F!!:):):)

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    2. Unknown means "Ashlyn" in something, so Ashlyn wants you to give her an F.

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    3. It was Chase you know it was. Don't believe him, he is so DECIEVING.

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  56. great job at speaking your mind mrs. wangeman, your the best and I agree!

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    1. Yeah you did well on speaking your mind you could have done better on explaining better

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    2. What could I have explained better Chance?

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  57. Great job on explaining how we did but one thing is that you could fix scientist

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  58. I agree with you completely! I hate it when people act disrespectful it's unfair to you, and the students.

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  59. I liked having you as a science teacher and totally agree with what you said;)................................!

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  60. You double spaced the "not your parents and not me". You also put two periods on the end of "I lose sleep over you". And, I will miss coming to this classroom for START at the beginning of my day next year, because you are always so perky and happy and bright, you jumpstarted my day right there! I learned so much from you, and it was a lot of fun, doing all of the awesome labs you planned. I can't imagine my school year without you this year, Mrs. Wangeman. Keep up the great work!

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  62. Thank you so much for being a great teacher. You have made my learning experiment a lot of fun. I also found one misspelled word and it was scientist but it was still a great job. You have made this year a great year.

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  63. Thank you for just being our teacher this year it was so fun to be in this classroom with my class this year. And thanks for being there for us if we needed help.

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  64. You're a great science teacher! But not a really good English teacher...You spelt scientist wrong but great idea with the blog thing!

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  65. You are doing a really grate job teaching us and i'm sad that we have to leave the 6th grade soon

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  66. Not to be rude but, you misspelled scientist.

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  67. Science! One of my best subjects to bad You wont be the science teacher next year:( :O

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  68. I think that is so cool, but Mrs. Wangaman, you should probably check your work before you post it. I'm so disappointed that I won't have you next year. I will miss you.

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  69. You are the best teacher I have ever had. Next year I hope you have a good group of students just like us. I will miss you a lot but I will still come and visit a lot.

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  70. Thank you for being our science teacher and having faith in us as scientist.
    Good job.

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  71. You're one of the best teachers I've ever had. I learn so much more in this class than any other. I believe that is because we have labs and experiments. That's why we are scientists not just students taking notes, we do experiments! We also play games like scientist says, or the one where we transferred the "extremely hot yellow paper balls" to each other. This was the best class ever! Your amazing! What will you teach your next year students?

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    1. Next year I will teach similar topics, but will try to improve upon what I have done this year! Let me know if you have any suggestions

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  72. I am so glad I was in your class this year I learned a lot We are also always trying new things and exploring which is why i'm always excited to come to your class.

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  73. Also I really like science class.

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  74. Thank you so much for being my favorite science teacher I've had. And thanks for also not having us do a lot of book work because I know I'm not the only one who doesn't like it. I will miss you next year and I wish you could be my science teacher next year even though you can't. Thank you!:)

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  75. Chase you are in all capitals.

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  76. Thank you for trying your best each day for us. I truly do think you are the teacher I have ever had. I even enter you into a favorite teacher drawing at Meyer Dana Orthodontics:)
    You have taught me so much about science this year including atoms, biology, and geology. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks Finn! I know that I have learned a lot from you as well this year!

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  77. Why do you think that Mrs.Wangaman is the best teacher ever?

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  78. Its to bad that our teachers can move grades with us:(

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  79. I'm going to really miss you next year.

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  80. Hope to se you wen I am in 7th grad. ;)

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  81. I think you are the BEST science teacher EVER! I love you like your my own mom thanks for teaching me. I learned a lot from your class like Atoms, Electrons. I know science will be different with out you because were going to 7th grade next year. But it will still be FUN!! HOPE I can come work with your kids next year like Trenton did. Your sweet, awesome, kind, pretty, and a good pusheruper. I am now a SICENTIST I am soooooooooo glad. thanks for being my Mom/Science teacher!!!

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  82. I can talk for a really long time too. Does that make me special or something, no life is unfair. But, when Mrs.Wangeman is our teacher life is BAE!

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  83. I'm going to really miss you next year.

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  84. I think this blog is very interesting Mrs.Wangeman your so smart. and very good at things like teaching cuz its your job so good job. :D

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  85. Thanks for being a great teacher! You're the best! By the way, you spelled scientist wrong;)

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  87. I appreciate you very much and you are a great teacher. I think it's true that only you can change yourself. I'm sorry that you lose sleep over us sometimes. I love your blog and everything single thing that you do for us everyday. I hope you never stop teaching young people the amazing things that your teaching us. Are you going to be blogging about every lesson?

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    1. I am going to try to blog once a week, just like I am asking you to do!

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  88. you are the beast teacher i have ever had.:)

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  89. you are the beast teacher i have ever had.:)

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  92. You are the best teacher I have ever had. :)

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  93. I think that you did a good job with bl(voice crack)og, and I agree 100%, I am beautiful(maybe). I just got here but you cool, ONE of the best science classes I've had. #Scampi. I forgot my name.

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  94. you are the best teacher in world miss wangaman.
    I loved the bubble gum lab.

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  95. This is why you are one of my favorite teachers that I ever had! And I will miss you over the summer and when I'm 7th grade and through the other years. I do think its true that you can change yourself, and that you lose sleep at night. But its worth it to be a teacher, and its worth it for me to be your student!

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  96. You are the best science teacher that I have ever had and I know sometimes we can be a pain but that's what makes us, us. Thank you so much for teaching me every thing I need in the future. I'm really going to miss you! Bye!!!

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  97. Thanks so much for teaching us and thanks for the advice about only we can change ourselves. I know we are not the best scientists sometimes and we are naughty but we really appreciate all that you do for us.I have one question, what is your favorite thing about teaching the specific subject of science?I love being in your class and you rock!!

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    1. The thing that I love about science is that it explains the world around us. We can go everywhere and see science!

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  98. thank you for being good teacher and helped me get better at being GOOD LISTENER. are you going to stay?

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    1. Yes, why would I leave? I really love the community and students.

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  99. You are da Best Mrs. wangeman

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  100. Hello from the other side!! I love the blog that you made Mrs.Waneman!!
    EVerybody have SPArtan PRIDe!!!!!!:)

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  101. I think you did a grate job. I'll miss you next year.

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  102. I sometimes feel like curling up in a corner an crying also. Will you teach the same way you did this year or a different way?

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    1. I change things that I do every year. So that way I can continue to get better and help my students learn better.

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  103. Never retire Mrs.wangeman other kids will love your teaching

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    1. Thank you Nate! Your teachers will be lucky to have you! Especially, if you stay determined!

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  104. Alyssa that is not why we are doing this!!! its about how insanely awesome Mrs.wangeman is and how even if we get frustrated in our work or she does that we always figure it out and that im really gonna miss Mrs.Wangeman and this hallway and classrooms and such. I really am gonna miss everything.

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  105. WOW!! You're so amazing Mrs. Wangeman!! Why did you choose to teach here?

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    1. I really love the Black Hills and Mr. Wangeman taught here. There was a science opening so I applied!

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  106. I think that you did a good job with bl(voice crack)og, and I agree 100%, I am beautiful(maybe). I just got here but you cool, ONE of the best science classes I've had. #Scampi. I forgot my name.

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  108. wwwill the other science teachers be like u......

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  109. I think that you are the best science teacher I have ever had

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  110. Thank you so much for teaching us all year! You are my favorite science teacher ever! I wish I could have you as my teacher forever!

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  111. Science is amazing with Mrs wangeman!

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