Latest posts from Houston

Feb 16 2019

Update

I was just wondering if this was still going.  I moved the blog to garyrubinstein.wordpress.com.   Are new Corps Members even told about this?   Find me on Twitter if you want to chat.

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Dec 31 2018

Year 6

I’m still here, still teaching. I have 20,330 spam comments (which I can’t figure out how to mass-delete) and one week left of blissful Winter Break. I’m back to teaching middle school now; I’m also getting my graduate degree while teaching full-time. This year has been a blur of personal and professional growth. But more…

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Aug 19 2016

Year 4

School started this week. I’m teaching one section of AP English Literature and coaching English teachers for the rest of the day. Teaching is the deepest and most unmatched joy of my life. I can think of no greater honor. That said, this will be my last year in the classroom. I always promised myself…

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Dec 31 2015

Year 3

The whole TeachForUs site is a mess right now, but I still want to give an update about how things are going so that if they clean up the site someday, an update will still remain. I “graduated” from TFA this past spring and am currently in my third year of teaching. Still at my…

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May 26 2015

“Welcome to alumnihood.”

I graduated from Teach For America eleven days ago. It was a lovely ceremony; I invited a few of my closest school friends (my Houston family) and we all raised our glasses of sparkling apple juice to two years of deeply meaningful work. At the end I took pictures with flowers and certificates and that…

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Feb 01 2015

committed to a third year!

Just withdrew my job application from another city and committed to a third year in my placement school. I think about 3/4 of my cohort of 26 will likely be doing the same. I’m thrilled for many reasons – just one of which is that in staying a third year, I’m proving so many of…

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Nov 29 2014

things change.

The past few weeks have been full of upheaval; for someone who hates change as much as I do, I’ve struggled to remain positive in the face of so much transition. I suppose some of this is to be expected. In some ways, what I had last year – mentors everywhere, a close and well-defined…

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Nov 16 2014

I believe in all things.

It’s been a while. This site’s gone through some ups and downs, and of course, Teacher October – though better this time around – kicked me while I was down. I don’t know how to sum up this second year; it seems like everything – from my students to my campus to even myself –…

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Sep 16 2014

This blog has moved!

Visit garyrubinstein.wordpress.com for a stable copy of this blog and for new posts.

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Sep 02 2014

it’s official: I’m teaching a third year

Just turned down a $75k/year job offer to teach a third year because I love what I do and I’m not finished yet. I once heard a clip of a commencement speech, delivered at MIT a few years ago by one of the founders of Dropbox. He talked about the idea of the tennis ball. and how…

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