Latest posts from D.C. Region

Jan 05 2012

Looking ahead to year 3

It’s the second semester of my second year, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have begun to seriously consider different options for employment/school next year. As I think about what I will be doing next year, there is one thing that scares me: will I be bored? The…

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The first year teaching is brutal. For almost everyone. But I can’t shake the feeling that it shouldn’t be this hard. What do you wish someone would have told you or taught you how to do before your first year teaching? For me, 1) I wish someone would have demonstrated how to effectively use betterlesson.com…

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Dec 25 2011

1 Plus and 1 Delta on Legal Education

Believe it or not, I’m still here and I still intend to keep this blog alive. I blame my first semester of law school for my lack of writing. Now that I’m on break, I finally have time to put away the massive casebooks and return to pleasure reading. Boy, did I miss that. Given…

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Dec 25 2011

Institute

This may not be a new thought, but it needs to be said.  Institute is a pile of garbage.  It serves one primary purpose, and there’s no close second–getting you used to be completely and utterly miserable. It certainly wasn’t for the students.  I was supposed to cram a year of algebra into about fifteen…

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Dec 25 2011

I’m glad I didn’t quit

Oh, I wanted to.  September sucked.  October sucked.  November sucked.  And when I say sucked, what I mean is every day was truly awful.  Not just kind of bad.  Truly awful.  The depression was overwhelming.  Just getting up in the morning was a struggle. Has it really gotten that much better?  I’m not sure….I think…

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Oct 11 2011

Fourth Year- The favorite number 4!

I am one and a half weeks away from the end of first quarter, in my FOURTH year teaching- craziness! It has literally been a whirlwind of transition in my life these last four years, INSIDE the classroom, and OUTSIDE the classroom. My last blog post stated a lot of the most recent changes… I’ll…

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Oct 04 2011

5 Aspects of Balance in “Whatever It Takes”

I recently watched “Whatever It Takes” as part of an event sponsored by an education advocacy organization here in law school. (Note: this documentary has no connection with the Paul Tough book of the same name on the Harlem Children’s Zone.) The 2007 documentary examines the progress of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics…

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Sep 29 2011

An (Unofficial) Renaming…

Despite the lack of a new post in over a month, please know that this blog is still alive and well. I’m no longer a classroom teacher, so I won’t be able to provide up-to-date anecdotes. But know this: I will continue to use this space to comment on issues in education, for whatever it’s…

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Sep 27 2011

Create your own adventure

The first-year science teacher on my team is having a really difficult time, just as I was this time last year. I stopped by her classroom after-school today to try and offer some suggestions and support. Sadly, for every idea I gave her about behavior management, she provided two reasons as to why that idea…

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Sep 04 2011

Transformational Teaching

My personal mission this year, in accord with TFA’s new “Transformational Teaching” approach, is to get my 8th graders into excellent high schools. I’ve started by asking parents and students about their high school plans. One of my students, Aubrey, is quiet in class other than occasionally raising her hand to answer a question. I…

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