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Oct 05 2012

Evaluating Transitions and Performance.

I feel like I’m always beginning an entry with “It’s been a long time…” so without belaboring the point of my absence, I’ll just say it’s nice to check in. This entry marks the first entry of my 1st year at a new school. Last year’s adventures at my placement school in New Orleans East…

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Jul 31 2012

A Great 1st/3rd Day

After two days of frantically running around playing administrator, making sure transitions ran smoothly, ironing out the handful of kinks in the schedule and assigning new kids to classes, I finally was able to spend some quality time with my Sped and Tier 3 students and introduce them to our class theme of being “superheroes”. …

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Jul 02 2012

Year 2, Part 2, moving on.

Hey, so, remember this post? The title of which was, ‘Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And you’ll be fine.”? How true it is! As I sat down tonight trying to consider what to write – what would aptly sum up my first year as a TFA corps member and my mindset going…

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So I just now decided to start this blog.  Yes, it is Saturday morning 2 weeks into Institute and theres a ton of other stuff I should/could be doing.  For my first blog post, I feel this one deserves some background, assuming some of the people who read this might not know who I am.…

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Jun 19 2012

Long Overdue But…First Year Complete!

Although I’ve only been outta school for a week and two days, it feels like a much longer time.  It ALMOST seems like I haven’t seen “my kids” in a month.  That’s probably because about half of them stopped showing up once they got their test scores back.  I say almost because for some crazy…

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May 02 2012

When hope is all you have… and it ain’t enough.

There were more violent incidences at my school today. 16 students were arrested. 15 for one incident, 1 for an unrelated incident shortly before. I’ve been reading the news stories and hearing outsiders analyze our school’s problems, sitting as they come up with nothing but euphemisms and platitudes. Even as an insider, it’s hard to…

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Apr 06 2012

making quilts from scraps.

I recognize it’s been so long since I’ve blogged that it’s probably more conducive to any real narrative to have a summary insert, but I can’t bring myself to do that. Suffice to say that time has passed, things have happened, and I’m still here. Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the school year…

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Feb 13 2012

In a Funk

I remember how I always heard second semester was so much easier and less stressful.  I’m still debating if I agree with that.  I would agree that it is less stressful in the fact that I’ve mastered how to prioritize and manage my time well enough to not have to arrive at school at 6:30…

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Hello, all. It’s been a while. My first day back teaching kiddos was this past Wednesday. The week went well, but was very exhausting. My school chose to focus solely on re-culturing our students, and I think that was a very good choice, but it was also very intensive. Anyhow, my new year’s resolution as…

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Dec 20 2011

No Title Can Accurately Desribe This Post

I’m currently trying to sift through all the inexperienced emotions that come with finding out one of your students has been shot.  Attempting to process and deal with this information at 7:55 on a Monday morning, a Monday when both you and students don’t believe you should even be in school but already started on…

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