Latest posts from Colorado

Nov 22 2013

7 Ways to Immediately Improve Classroom Culture

I wrote this blog post for TeacherPop and received some positive feedback, so I thought I would share it on my own page. Feel free to pass it around. You can access it here. http://teacherpop.org/2013/11/7-ways-to-immediately-improve-classroom-culture/    

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Oct 14 2013

Education Reform Requires Higher Teacher Salaries

We can continue to train great teachers on a two to three year cycle and call it good enough; but let us be honest, keeping strong teachers in the classroom is vital to transforming education and salary matters for retaining top talent. After graduating with a JD from Notre Dame Law School—where the average graduate…

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Aug 13 2013

Introverts in Education?

When I was eight years old, I did not talk…ever. I answered adults with head nods and shoulder shrugs, yet I was in the top of my class academically. The principal pulled me out of class one day to tell me that they were considering putting me in special education because of my lack of…

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Aug 01 2012

TFA Blog: Self-righteous and wrong

When I was corps member, I generally felt that there was a certain self-righteousness that seemed to pervade TFA, and that at times infected me as well. Unsuccessful schools simply results from teachers who are burnt out and have stopped caring. Unsuccessful teachers simply lack high expectations for their students. The educational system itself has…

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Jun 19 2012

Nerdy New School Excitement

This blog post seems out of place with so many Institute/Induction/omgTFA! posts, as I’m now officially an alumni going into my third year. However, I’m still allowed to geek out over education. Just the small fact that I received an informative email weeks ahead of starting PD thrills me. This is what my life will be like from now on. I will know what’s happening. I will have my questions answered in a way that makes sense. I will enter a stable work environment. I will be surrounded by positive, inspiring people. I will be happy.

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May 23 2012

Leaving

It’s incredible that tomorrow is the last day teaching at my school.  On Thursday my 8th graders “continuate” and then I begin a venture into the world of charter schools.  I can hardly believe my TFA experience is ending, but of course we all know that it’s just the corps member component that’s coming to…

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May 04 2012

Heartbreak

I found out today that one of my 8th graders is pregnant.  She’s 13 and 3 months along.  After school I heard her talking to one of my girls from last year, who was with her four-month-old.  A mom and a mom-to-be, talking about what pregnancy is like and how to stay strong no matter…

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Apr 06 2012

One of Those Days

Today was one of those days.  The days that I used to have in my first year, when I came home crying and feeling hopeless.  The days where my lesson was terrible and no one learned, even after I re-wrote it the night before (staying up late planning is something I had banished all this year)…

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Mar 09 2012

One Kid

We started state testing this week and it’s a more miserable experience than I recall from last year.  I did have one bright spot, which was then brightened even further today!  I like to write about the bright spots, and this one is a student. To give you some background, S is a brilliant kid…

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Jan 25 2012

Transformational Change

I had my first “Leadership Team” tonight–the second component of training in year two, at least in my region. I am so energized! It was such authentic, meaningful discussion amongst a group of brilliant, talented, modest, thoughtful peers. I loved it.

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