Latest posts from Baltimore

Nov 11 2011

not saying i regret it

the following contains my own personal advice and it’s not meant to offend or whitewash anyone else or their experiences.  it’s just things i wish i had thought about way back when (actually, not that long ago).  but still… i see that some people have been accepted into TFA this week and are probably considering…

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Oct 31 2011


it’s pretty well known in teacher lore that october is a horrible month.  at least, that’s what everyone says.  students become curious about how definite their teachers’ expectations and purported limits are, and start to test the waters more, behaviorally and also emotionally.  the honeymoon phase starts to wear off and leaves something downright exhausting…

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Oct 18 2011

on sick days

i am sick.  not just a cold, but a stomach bug, vomiting, achey, can barely stand sick.  it started on friday evening as soon as i got home from work and continued throughout the entire weekend.  i had to call in sick yesterday because i was still so weak and out of it and queasy,…

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Oct 07 2011

the best birthday ever

well, after my last post, it’s only right i check in today to say that i had the best day ever with my kids and that it is my birthday (hello 22) and my kids were just DARLING.  some of them even brought in cards and little presents and one parent brought flowers from the…

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Oct 05 2011

just… wow.

i just got home from probably the worst day i’ve had so far as a teach for america teacher, which is weird, because the first half of the day was AWESOME (we know P!  we love the P song!  we can say /p/ and no one mixes it up! we love our literacy alphabet song!…

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Sep 30 2011


today while i was idly googling tfa, i found out that its early childhood initiative has only been around since 2006.  i have to say, this program’s relatively short lifespan, compared to the entirety of teach for america’s existence, doesn’t really take me by surprise, but it also makes me kind of nervous.  i think…

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Sep 12 2011

super nanny???

sometimes, being a pre-k teacher feels more like being a nanny than anything else.  especially when you’re at a k-8 school where many of the people around you seem to have the misconception that your classroom is basically a daycare center.  if i could rewind to a year ago this time… i would not have…

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Sep 07 2011

teaching pre-k for america

i haven’t really had time to come home and write an update here or anywhere else about my life for the past few weeks.  school started for students last week, after hurricane irene interfered for a few days.  i started off with about 16 kids or so.  i’m up to 24.  anyone versed on legal…

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Sep 02 2011

ready or not

i’m way too exhausted/dazed/shellshocked to post a real update on the start of the school year, but i just wanted to record something here for future reference… i have one student, D, the sweetest little boy who is so smart, but spacy, and has some behavior issues but never responds with defiance or an attitude…

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Aug 18 2011

So it may have been a month since I last updated…

But who out there is keeping track? Since I last posted (way back in mid-July) Institute has ended and I’ve moved back to Baltimore. The third week of July I found a house near Camden Yards and signed a lease with three other Corps Members. I went to GW with one, and the other two…

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