Latest posts from Bay Area

Jun 28 2011

The Kool-Aid

So hey y’all. It’s been a few – not because I didn’t have time, but because frankly I wasn’t sure I wanted to share my thoughts. Teach for America is a hot as mess in many ways and the amount of racist and ridiculous things I’ve heard over the past week and a half have…

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Jun 22 2011

B is for Board Meeting

Last Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Education convened to hear a proposal from Rocketship Education to open 20 more charter elementary schools in the next 5 years.  In terms of community impact, this would make Rocketship one of the two largest districts in San Jose by 2018.  Students, families, and community members filled…

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Jun 20 2011

Fool That I Am

by Adele Tomorrow I move to California. I’m packed and ready. I’m excited – but not quite as excited as I thought I’d be. Don’t get me wrong – I’m THRILLED about teaching, it’s just that at the end of the day I still have reservations about TFA as an organization. Like why do they…

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Jun 18 2011

So ends my two year Teach For America commitment…

Two years of teaching are in the bag. I cleaned out my classroom this afternoon, gave and got a lot of hugs, and drove away. It felt a lot like when I packed up my stuff and left for college; I was leaving home. Skyline High School has been my home for two years. For…

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Jun 09 2011

Sidestep

by Robin Thicke Today I was teaching 4th grade and had the opportunity to see what quilombo (an old school Brazilian Portuguese word that literally translates to whorehouse, but is used to refer to something that is a ridiculously large hot mess) surrounding public education for ELL students in my sill hometown that we’ll just…

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Jun 04 2011

B is for “Beat the Test”

It has been two months since my last post, and my mood has improved considerably.  I went on a cute mini-vacation with my roommate to Mendocino, California (a tiny bed-and-breakfast town on the Pacific coast), visited a childhood friend in Seattle who lives on her sailboat, and road-tripped to Los Angeles last weekend.  I am…

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Jun 04 2011

Spit It Out

By Slipknot File this post under “kids do the darndest things.” Today I was observing my father teach and as I sat outside during recess. A student did something that will forever be etched into my mind. First you need to meet the characters: Ms. B – A fifth grade teacher at my father’s school…

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May 31 2011

Let’s Take A Ride

by Justin Timberlake. I believe I now have an explanation for my amazing ability to drive a standard while texting, changing the music and putting on mascara. According to a wealth of research and some recently highlighted by the nytimes: Q. One would think bilingualism might help with multitasking — does it? A. Yes, multitasking…

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May 31 2011

Teach you a lesson

by Robin Thicke I’ve been spending a lot of time teaching and doing observations in the rather affluent district in which I received my primary and secondary education. I find myself tackling some strange sensations. I see a lot of time wasting (while acknowledging that it’s the end of the year so the time-wasting might…

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May 25 2011

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

by Stevie Wonder. Today was my last day at work (no more arguing with lawyers!). Accordingly – it felt really real that I’m actually becoming a teacher. I have a placement, I have a school, on August 15th – I’ll have students. Awesome responsibility, AWESOME. Since I’m sans job – I’ll be spending the rest…

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