Latest posts from Connecticut

As my last post mentioned some time ago, I felt that my place wasn’t in the classroom for the long term. However, it seems to have become impossible to actually leave it. After a “vacation” of about two months, I found myself in the hallways of Amistad Academy waiting to teach a demo lesson for…

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Sep 08 2010

At the end of the first full day…

I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. Seriously, I am in such terrible “teacher shape” that even in flats today was rough. Today was pretty spectacular. My new favorite thing in the world is to give an instruction, and then be able to watch as students do exactly what they are supposed to.…

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Aug 31 2010

’twas the night before orientation….

Freshmen come TOMORROW. Yikes. My classroom is (almost) set up, and I have a vague idea of what I’m doing for at least the first two weeks of school, which I think is about the most I can hope for. I wish I’d done some actual lesson planning, but I suppose since I’m not teaching…

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Aug 20 2010

Back in the saddle.

The past three weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. I can hardly believe it’s nearly September! Summer camp ended, and a trip to the amusement park with my kids was exactly what I needed – I even ate funnel cake. After 1.5 (GLORIOUS) days of rest, I headed to Brooklyn for Achievement First New…

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Aug 11 2010

End of an Era

Mid-June, I finished my TFA commitment. Two years, three schools, two major illnesses, six roommates, 45 minutes in the car every morning, countless cups of coffee and hours of NPR all in pursuit of one commitment. Two staggering years of heartbreaking work.  And I got a certificate. Immediately, I moved to St. John’s for the New…

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Aug 04 2010

The Collected Wisdom of JRosenbloom

So I had a really wise coworker this summer at institute, and he had exactly the right word at the right time – truly a word fitly-spoken. I’ll update the blogworld on institute when I’ve had some time to process it but for now a couple of thoughts courtesy of Jonas: – Uncertainty is the…

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Aug 04 2010

Vocabulary’s Greatest Hits (excerpts from the final)

These are answers from the fill-in-the-blank section of the vocabulary final exam. Keep in mind that they were working with a word bank but still… 1. I need more time by myself for mutation. 2. Getting a tattoo is altruism. You will always have it. 3. Your bedroom is neat, tidy and zany. I didn’t…

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Jul 17 2010

I’m back!

I was recently reminded that I do, in fact, have a blog. And at one time it was useful for me to document the trials and tribulations of my teaching career by posting the hilarious things my ninth-graders did in said blog. So here’s my attempt to return to the wonderful world of blogging. A…

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May 13 2010

Somewhat Unbelievable

My students don’t care about the achievement gap. I find this hard to believe that my minority students do not care that other minority students (and even they) are not succeeding. I find it impossible, in fact, to understand. The achievement gap is boring, I was told.

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May 05 2010

first post

So… this is my first post in this blog.  I’ve never really been good at consistently posting in these types of things, but I figured I’d give it a try again. I just took my only final for the semester and am therefore all done with school.  It’s weird not being a student anymore, because…

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