Latest posts from Connecticut

Nov 04 2011

teaching: the greatest/hardest thing in the world

I love my kids.  I mean, I would take a bullet for my kids.  Each and every single one of them.  Teaching is the greatest thing in the world.  I am learning more about them.  They come to my room before school, and during lunch.  They make me smile.  I want the world for them.…

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Oct 26 2011

A Wall and a Panel

When TFA staff mention investment, it’s like everyone conjures this picture of himself, looking faraway and visionary while his students cheer and swoon.

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Jul 28 2011

This Uncomfortable Thing Called Institute

MY LAST DAY OF INSTITUTE IS TOMORROW! I am really quite excited, even though I am surprisingly attached to my students that I have only known for 4 weeks. I ended up teaching at Mott Hall Bronx, which is a new summer school site for TFA this summer. I taught 25 students who all failed…

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Jul 10 2011

HOLY CRAP!

Institute is hard!!!!!!!!!

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Jul 03 2011

One week in New York

This week has been out of control.  I have slept less than 5 hours a night.  Lesson planning is hard and I get little feedback except that I need to do them over.  I am having more problems with content than I thought- I need to research what everything is that I’m teaching extensively before…

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Jul 03 2011

Failure to Escape from Unnamed Charter Network

When I have told the new 2011 CMs that I just finished my 6th year in the classroom, I get these awed looks. I always feel slightly embarrassed by that reaction. If you’ve read Outliers by Gladwell, you’d understand my hesitation to let anyone call me an expert. Also, considering the number of subjects I’ve…

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Jun 27 2011

First day of NYC Institute

So far so good! St. Johns is pretty nice, and the rooms are plenty big enough. We haven’t gotten in to the nitty gritty yet, but once we do, I’m sure I won’t be quite as relaxed. I’m teaching Living Environment (aka biology) in a school in I believe Brooklyn, but I am not entirely…

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Jun 13 2011

last night in california

it is my last night in california and it is sinking in that it is my last night everything is going to be different in every way in my life and i hope that it goes alright i feel like i am living in a dream and have been living in a dream and the…

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May 21 2011

Steel Curtain

By the way, I have chosen “Steel Curtain” to be the name of my blog for a few reasons. I am from Pittsburgh where we care more about football than…well everything else. In the 1970′s, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense was the backbone of our dynasty that led us to win 4 Super Bowls. The four…

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May 21 2011

Doing more harm than good

Good news!  I have graduated from college!  So now I have quite a bit of free time before I head to induction on June 19th, meaning that I am focusing solely on pre-institute work.  I’ve also been really trying to mentally prepare myself for what I have committed to.  Admittedly, I’ve started to become deflated…

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