Latest posts from Charlotte

Jul 12 2011

rumor has it…

The mosquitoes roam in swarms and will eat you alive. When you take a shower, the water will come all the way to your knees. The dorms make you wish you were living outside. The wait time at the copy center is insane. I never get more than 2 hours of sleep a night. Rumors.…

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Jul 10 2011

No Excuses!

I refuse to let this blog languish into nothing like so many of the ambitious TFA blogs before me. REFUSE. I am consistently amazed by how little I find worth saying at the end of the day, when my days are longer and more packed with stuff than they’ve ever been. I can’t in good…

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Jul 10 2011

5 days to reach our goal

It seems that I have not been blogging as regularly as I would like, so I will try to wrap up the last 4 weeks in a short amount of time. I arrived in Cleveland Mississippi only 4 weeks ago.  Cleveland is a town about the size of some most small towns in PA, but…

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Jul 03 2011

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes

Weeks 2 & 3. Wow. Despite all earnest intentions of managing a continually updated time, I have fallen victim to the limited hours of free time in the day. Such is the nature of TFA Institute. Friends and family fall to the wayside, and your primary focus becomes the kids you struggle to teach each…

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Jun 24 2011

True Confessions of a Newly Minted Teacher

The first true confession being that I’m usually so frazzled and brain dead after the day is done that I’m in no mood to blog. I want to be oh-so-pithy and clever you see, and that’s just not the headspace I’m in by the time I get (somewhat) caught up on work. But being honest…

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Jun 24 2011

My Magazine

I’m tired. I’m hungry. I have a headache. My back hurts. Everyday is non-stop. The only time I get a break is when I sleep. From 5 am until midnight I am working. Constantly.  I feel like a lesson-plan-making machine. Yesterday I was so excited because I thought I was going to get a chance…

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Jun 19 2011

Mosquitos Are Not Fun

After everything I had heard or read about Institute, I was prepared for almost anything. I was ready for a sleep-deprived zombie-fest in which everyone stumbled around looking disheveled and slightly unhinged.  While I have been tired—the product of five days without more than six and a half hours of sleep—it has been more than…

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Jun 19 2011

The Mighty Mississippi

Well, clearly I haven’t been doing a good job of keeping up with this whole blog thing. It’s amazing how busy Induction week and the first week of Institute have been. The short recap of induction involves a flat tire in Louisville, arriving late in Charlotte, attending intense and emotional sessions that only drove my…

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Jun 18 2011

Week 1: planning, planning, and more planning…

Week One: 2 Lesson Plans, a Behavior Management Plan, a Student Investment Plan, and countless plans to make more plans. As you should be able to tell, this week (and most other weeks, I’d imagine) will be about planning. Planning for content, what to do when things go awry, what to do when things go…

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Jun 14 2011

Institute is Kinda Weird

Weird, I tell you. Besides the intense, long days that you’ll hear about from everyone who’s every done it, what you don’t hear about is the really weird developmental place you’re in. The message from TFA, and it’s one that I don’t think they can stress too much, is “Hey, we know you just graduated from…

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