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This week was the first week of classes led by CMs. It was very hectic, because we still have tons of sessions to get through and lessons to plan and ways to improve, edit, tweak and repeat. All in all, it’s gone pretty well. My collab (group of 4 total co-teachers in a given classroom)…

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Jun 12 2011

Breathing room.

This week was… kind of a nightmare. It was the boot camp week, the first week of Institute where TFA has to make sure you know what’s running the show and that you can adapt as necessary. It was a bit rough, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was the overload…

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Jun 07 2011

Institute Has Started

So I just ended my first day of Institute and let me say…it has been a busy day! I woke up at 5:15 and had dressed, eaten breakfast and was on a bus by 6:40.  I didn’t get back to my room until 5 where I had 40 minutes to complete some work and facebook…

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Jun 03 2011

Oh New Orleans, How I Love You

So I’ve been in New Orleans for about 72 hours and I must say I absolutely love it! Everyone is so friendly and nice and the atmosphere is just amazing! The city has so much charm and it is so diverse! I know I’m sounding like a travel agent advertisement but it truly is that…

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Jun 02 2011


I found out last night, shortly after publishing the last entry, that I was hired as an elementary teacher at a school that I’m really excited about. I don’t know very many details just yet, but it’s very exciting to have been placed and hired in my preferred content area. I’m going to keep any…

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Jun 02 2011

Round and round.

It has been such a busy time since I last posted. I got to New Orleans in a stressful haze. I was behind the time I said I’d be there – which at first was addressed as if it were high treason, until they realized it was logistically outside of my control and came back…

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May 25 2011

…And I thought I was busy before.

I am down to my last week in the great old state of Texas. It’s a lot of things, most especially bittersweet. I am excited about new opportunities, and a new city and state, but it ‘s hard to leave behind a place that’s been such a formidable backdrop to all of your major life…

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May 23 2011

One Week Left

Disclaimer: This post has no specific rhyme or reason; I just need to get out all my thoughts… Gosh! I feel like all I can think about is my upcoming move to New Orleans and my new teaching career.  I just ended my 3.5 week vacation which although was lots of fun, was a tad…

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Apr 25 2011

Trying to find a balance.

Since getting into TFA, my life has become anything but simple and easy. I barely had time to submit my commitment confirmation before I was called 8 times by 6 different people about being in the program, moving to New Orleans, and the greatness of the commitment I had just made. And then there were…

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Apr 09 2011

Part 2

So they lined up. No doubt this was a success. Rewind to yesterday. I told three of my 8th grade students(all 16 or 17 years of age) that they would join me for lunch detention. At this point, I was not surprised by their reaction. “Hell no man I’m not coming to no damn lunch…

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