Latest posts from Baltimore

May 24 2012

The Teacher I Want to Be

Through my own lack of know, I realized several weeks ago that I needed to complete 2 classroom visits/observations.  I quickly contacted my TFA contact in Baltimore and asked for the names of science education science teachers in the area.  With school ending, I knew I was down to the wire in terms of completing…

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May 01 2012

Oh Praxis, What Have You Done to Me?

I learned about my acceptance to TFA two weeks before the April Praxis.  Silly me decided to give it a go.  How hard could it be?!  I’ve spent 7 years studying Biology, I’ve got this! HAHAHA.  Silly, Rabbit, Praxis is for the studious!  Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure I could have aced the…

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Apr 19 2012

So This One Time I Hit A Four-Foot Planter…

So this one time I hit a four-foot planter…in a Beetle.   Not just any Beetle…Her name is Betty and she is a blue 2007 VW Bug.  My dream car and my graduate school graduation present.  I received her nearly 3.5 years before I graduated because I was driving a Chevy Blazer that was dying a…

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Apr 17 2012

Wait, You’re Doing WHAT?!?

In 2003, I graduated a semester early from college.  I packed up my car and headed home where a job waited for me at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Finally!  I was on my way to establishing a life long career as a scientist.  I would cure cancer!  I had the whole world in…

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Mar 14 2012

The Little Engine That Could

Today, we read The Little Engine That Could.  In our version of the story, there are four trains.  The Little Blue Engine That Can, the passenger engine, the freight engine, and the rusty old engine.  First, the passenger engine and the freight engine come by, and tell the broken down engine that they are too…

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Feb 20 2012

Praxis Follow-Up and Realization

So I promised I would post a follow-up to my Praxis post.  I checked my Score Report and it turns out I was correct, unfortunately.  I passed within the top 15% of all test-takers with a raw score of a 39 out of 50 on the exam.  I needed a scaled-score of 141 to teach…

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Feb 11 2012


The Praxis II in Math Content (0061) is finally behind me.  I received notice that I had passed with ROE!  That actually startled me.  I was relieved and happy and even somewhat proud, but the reaction I received from other TFAers about the Praxis Exam was along the lines of “Good job! We knew you…

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Jan 15 2012

Praxis Praxis Bo-Baxis, Banana-fana fo Faxis…and Discipline

Yuck.  That was excruciating. 50 multiple-choice mathematics questions within a two-hour time limit didn’t seem like too bad of a thing.  I thought I paced myself well, but took a bit longer than expected or recommended on one problem.  That sabotaged my poise for the remaining ten or so questions, and I had to rush through…

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So it begins.  This enormous electronic blank page is at my disposal to document my journeys through what some may call the “trenches” of American culture; where the dirty work is done, the long hours spent, the most casualties occur: education.  Education of others, education of myself, educational inequity, education reform, educational systems, education administration,…

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Jan 10 2012

An Education

At last weekend’s Professional Development Saturday, the CEO and Superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools came in to give  a whole group address to the TFA Baltimore Cohort of 2010-2011.  I have always thought that Dr. Alonso was an interesting guy who had some sharp opinions on education policy (I like to listen to the…

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