Latest posts from Baltimore

Jul 06 2012

At last! A little relief.

Last night’s rant caused a lot of responses.  I will respond to them soon. This morning, I woke up still a slight bit grumpy.  Not too bad, but frustrated at how there was yet another lesson plan due today with a one day turn around.  As I’ve said before, the amount of planning compared to…

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Jul 05 2012

Not a surprise.

TFA Institute: where a holiday is actually not a holiday, but a workday. Sigh. I would’ve liked to get my 2 lesson plans done early.  Yeah, we changed things too many times to be able to do that.  I wasted at least an hour today because the objectives don’t always go together and I’ve started…

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Jul 04 2012

Institute…Well into Week 2

If you are thinking about joining TFA and are placed in institute over the 4th of July, just be aware that doesn’t mean a holiday.  We had to attend sessions this morning and then the afternoon is for planning.  I did take a 3 hour drive to get out of Philly for a bit but…

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Jun 28 2012

1st Lesson Plans are due tomorrow evening.

I’m not going to lie to you, TFA lesson plans are something to behold.  They are more detailed than any other lesson plans I have generally seen, and I expected to do pretty well at them.  I’m tooting my horn (sorry), and although I rarely do the lesson planning like I used to, I’ve always…

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Jun 27 2012

Day 2 of Institute

I would’ve written earlier.  Really, I would have.  However, Institute is pretty much all encompassing, even for me.  However, I am not the one who is sitting outside with a partner trying to get things done for Thursday.  My partner in crime for teaching Chemistry and I are getting along very well and seem to…

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Jun 26 2012

Induction

It took me about 4 days to finish this post.  What can I say?  It’s been one of those experiences… I hate reflection.  Seriously, I hate it.  Reflection makes me overanalyze and overanalyzing causes me to stress and stress causes me to stop sleeping and lack of sleep makes me burst into tears very quickly. …

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Jun 21 2012

“Transformation in the Classrooms”

This day fired me up a bit.  I wasn’t going to write today and instead take a break with the time that everyone else is interviewing with schools, but I wanted to get this out of me and reflect.  I’m so glad that I am hired already and also have a place to stay. I…

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Jun 21 2012

No Sleep Till…Institute

Induction has been a great time.  Lots of talking, listening, discussions, discoveries, and amazing people.  I feel reassured that I will be having a large and wide net of support to fall back on at any time in the coming two years.  Induction, if not just an opportunity to get settled into the TFA way,…

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Jun 21 2012

First full day of Induction

I was pretty tired last night with the moving into the dorm rooms, going to meetings and figuring out the lay of the land.  First, they lost my affidavit for teaching in Philly, so I’m going to have to print one off, sign it and find a notary republic somewhere that’s around here (aka NOT…

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Jun 19 2012

It’s the start of a new experience

Tomorrow is the start of a new chapter of my career.  Joining Teach for America allows me to get amazing and unparalleled training in teaching.  The newbies won’t be able to take all of it in.  I plan on being a sponge and soaking it all in. I’ve taught for ten years at the end…

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