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Aug 16 2012

Year two: Week one.

My classroom was set up, my outfit was picked out, and I was mentally ready for the first day of school. Then, the day before the first day I broke a bone in my foot. I spent half the day in the ER getting x-rays and meeting nurse practioners, but the end result was that…

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Aug 08 2012

Is Algebra Necessary?

There was a recent piece in the New York times asking Is Algebra Necessary?   Here is my response: http://havingneweyes.com/2012/08/07/is-algebra-necessary/

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Jul 28 2012

Next year

Instead of returning to my placement school for next year, I will be joining City Year Orlando (more on that later). Instead of renewing my contract for next year, which usually happens pretty much automatically, I was told by my school that I could reapply as a new applicant to the district and find out…

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May 27 2012

What a year!

So… life got busy!  After the first week of school, things picked up so quickly that blogging was not a priority.  In the blink of an eye, the first year was over.  And what a year it was! Some thoughts… My students are incredible.  They will change the world.  I am excited to see what…

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Feb 26 2012

Musings on Looping Up

My principal asked us to fill out a form specifying our grade level preferences for next year, and my number one preference is to loop up with my class. I don’t that it’s been done much in TFA or at my school, but all the research indicates that looping up with kids maximizes instructional time,…

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Feb 23 2012

Things that happened today

1. I am observing a teacher at another school as part of my certification program. I am scheduled to go visit the other school next Wednesday. This afternoon, I was told that the district-wide math interim test would be next Wednesday, also. Not only is this one week before the end of the quarter, but…

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Feb 13 2012

The Start of Something

Is this the end or just the start of Something really, really beautiful? ^This Voxtrot lyric is capturing my thoughts pretty well right now. I can’t believe that I have only three months left as an undergrad before I pack up and head to Atlanta for Institute and life as an elementary school teacher. While…

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Feb 12 2012

saturday night mental break down

I have always, always, always stressed out about what I wanted to do when I “grow up.” I remember having a mental break down (or a 5th grade version of a mental break down) when I realized I couldn’t feasibly be a journalist AND a veterinarian. According to adults, I would have plenty of time…

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Feb 12 2012

On bullying

There have been a few situations in the last few weeks when some of my students have been bullying another student….one student for being “from Africa” and one student for being “so gay.” The counselor, the other teachers, and I have hopefully dealt with these situations in a way that will stop these particular students…

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Feb 12 2012

On failing

Until this year, I had never really failed at anything. I was always pretty good at most of the stuff that I did and the few things I wasn’t good at (all sports, for example) I decided weren’t for me and I moved on to other more interesting things. In school and in all of…

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