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Mar 13 2014

Where I prepare for Certification Tests

I am going to be taking my certification tests coming up here in four days.  In Chicago, the special education cohort has two exams to take.  One covering special education techniques and philosophies and the other exam is about general education knowledge of the four core content areas (English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and…

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Mar 10 2014

Spring Break!

I haven’t written here in almost a month and I think that’s a testament to what’s been going on in my life. All in all, things are wild. Coaching soccer, grad school, preparing to say my goodbyes (to this city, these people, this school), training for the OKC marathon… things have been crazy and I’ve…

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Mar 10 2014

Disbelief

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. Sitting in the immaculate Jacksonville Lighthouse cafeteria, I flipped through the tiny notebook I had brought with me for notes, the cover…

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Mar 05 2014

Breaking the Silence around Sexual Harassment/Abuse

A male student calls another female student “fat” in the hallway between classes. A rumor is spread about incriminating pictures of a classmate sweeping through school through Instagram. A male student calls his teacher “sweetheart.” A staff member squeezes the shoulder of a colleague in the hallway. This weekend, I reconnected with my passion: advocating…

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TFA has been recently taking a beating in social media.  Whether in response to this, or if it is just something that’s been planned for a while, the two co-CEOs Elisa Villanueva-Beard and Matt Kramer were part of a live webcast tonight called ‘What’s Next at Teach For America?” This was an hour long live…

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I haven’t written on here in a while. That’s been on purpose. To be honest, I’ve been struggling. Not instruction-wise or evaluation-wise; more on that later. I’ve been struggling with anxiety and self-esteem issues. I’ve been struggling to believe I am actually good at this. And despite the fact that I’m on track to skip…

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Mar 02 2014

Where I go to Chicago for the first time!

Hello world.  I am excited to announce that I am writing this from a cozy little coffeeshop in the lovely Ukrainian Village neighborhood in Chicago.  I came down a few days ago for my interview day so that was cool.  It went okay.  I talked to five schools but I don’t have any solid offers. …

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Mar 01 2014

Terrified/Totalled/Trumped

March came! January and February took their days; January cold and dark, six o’clock bringing deep, quiet naps under three comforters; February days braced against the cold, chin to the sun, even a day or two above 60 degrees. I’m not sure I had any weekends off between Christmas break and the middle of February,…

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Mar 01 2014

Empathy

Our vocab words this week: torment, deceive, replica, malicious, resent, motive, vicious, and pathetic. (I realize they’re a little grim…we’re reading Greek mythology and trickster stories so go figure.) Here were Kevin’s vocab sentences: When I try to talk to Sebastian he makes noises at me and torments me. Sometimes I deceive Josiah and I…

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Feb 28 2014

TFA answers my FOIA-like request

Though education ‘reformers’ always speak of the need for transparency, Teach For America is one of the least transparent organizations out there.  Though they get a lot of public money, I don’t think that there is a way to FOIA their internal records so we are often left with their interpretations of the data with…

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