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Jul 03 2012

Paging Bella, the commenter:

Hey Bella you commented on one of my posts: “FYI- while I understand that this LP is what is required at Institute, I just wanted you to know that it’s not sustainable in a regular classroom. I know several CMs that wish they had known that from the get-go.” Can you elaborate? I’m really interested…

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Jul 03 2012

Things I wish I’d known

To all those first-year corps members struggling through Institute right now, I thought I might share a few things that I wish I’d known ahead of my first year.  Some of these are thoughts that I found myself clinging to in my lower moments over the last year.  Others are facts that I started to…

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Jul 02 2012

Week 2, let’s do it.

So this week is the beginning of the second week of teaching and my third week in training. It’s also my birthday week, and the 4th of July holiday week. I’m already looking forward to sleeping in on the morning of the 4th when the kids (and therefore the teachers) don’t have school. This week…

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Jun 29 2012

In case you’re curious…

SnowyDayComprehension   Take a look at this if you’re wondering how much prep work it takes to read a story to kids.

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Jun 29 2012

I lost my voice

You know, because I wash my hands 6x more a day, I have gotten sick. That’s logical, right? Not. I get it, children have a million new germs on them that I’m not exposed to and now that I’ve been exposed to them, they’ve infected me and brought me into their germy little world. It’s…

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How does anyone have any free time at Institute? (I am fully aware of my automatic contradiction of this statement by blogging right now.) I drank TFA’s Kool-Aid during the first week of Institute, but I feel like I’m going to need a few more strong cups (preferably with some 5 Hour Energy) before next…

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Jun 25 2012

Weekly update

I spent most of my weekend sleeping which was fantastic, but I really gotta start putting myself out there more so I can a. make friends and b. find a place to live. My bed is just so tempting though…   Anways here are something I did last week to prepare for tomorrow (dun dun…)…

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Jun 22 2012

Dear Family,

Thanks for all of your support and lovely emails! I know you’re excited that I’m blogging and you don’t have to text me like crazy about how everything is going but please utilize the comment buttons at the bottom of the post. I literally get 25 emails a day from TFA while I’m in lessons…

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Day #3 and it’s been a complete whirlwind everyday with all the new stuff we’re learning and information they’re packing into our brains. I basically get up at 6:30 every morning, go to lessons at 7:30, and work through lunch until 5 when lessons are over. Then I run to the caf and get food…

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Jun 18 2012

Reality vs. “Positive Messaging”

Now that I know how to actually post I wanted to share this. I wrote this after a negative experience my first night in town but I think it could potentially be useful to future CMs or anyone heading out to induction or institute this summer. ————————— Yesterday was our induction welcome dinner. It was…

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