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Apr 21 2013

Quarter 4… Week 5?

I have not posted anything since September. This year has been a whirlwind and there are a variety of reasons for not posting. The main cut off for me was that a couple weeks after my last post our corporate company fired our amazing middle school principal. As things had started to fall in to…

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Sep 19 2012

Week 7

Craziness. Week 6 began with all of the middle school teachers moving their rooms from the first floor to the previously vacant third floor. My boyfriend AMAZING BOYFRIEND helped me move and decorate my room Saturday and Sunday of last week to ensure it was ready for my students, and it was. It helped a lot…

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Aug 26 2012

What’s in a Turnaround?

Week three is done and week four begins in less than 24 hours. We are a Turnaround school, we are improving, we are going to beat this negativity. The schedule keeps changing, in week 2, students received new schedules a few times and teachers received a new schedule on Thursday. In week 3, all of…

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Aug 11 2012

First Week in Region: Finished

Just finished the monumental first week in region. It was a challenging, exciting, yet exhilarating first week. Being a turnaround school, there was a lot of unexpected happening, not to mention schedules changing daily, if not within each period! Hopefully in the next week or two our schedules (and those of the students!) begin to get finalized.…

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Jul 11 2012

Not Gonna Lie…

I don’t feel stressed.  Actually, I feel exhausted, caffeinated, overworked, jealous, dirty, and underfed.  But I don’t feel stressed.  Why am I breaking out like a pubescent teenager then? I am sure you heard things like this when you were growing up: “In Middle School, they make you write in pen and cursive.  No pencils…

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Jun 24 2012

Institute 2012- Past the half way point

Wednesday marked the half way point for Phoenix Institute and we’re still chugging. It may be surprising that I have time to write a blog but institute just keeps getting… more manageable. Going in to institute I heard horror stories of what life at institute was like, but I also received the best advice possible,…

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May 22 2012

Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

Apple Valley, CA

I live in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Among the beautiful sunsets, exotic desert landscapes, and sun-filled environments, live a whole lot of Jackrabbits. Jackrabbits are peculiar animals.  Most nights, it isn’t uncommon to see at least three or four of them scurry into your headlights before realizing they’ve made a grave mistake.  They…

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May 21 2012

Preparing the move

Well this is a weird feeling. It started with my own TFA email. Then my own apartment. And now my own blog? Real life is getting closer and closer each day. I’m finishing up my final thoughts and reflections on the pre-institute work before packing for induction and institute that seemed so far away. Where…

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Apr 10 2012

The beginning of Ms. Tarka’s ’0hana

When I was 12 (almost 13!) a Disney movie came out in theaters that my family would embrace as our own- Lilo and Stitch. I’m not sure if it is as big of a movie as we make it out to be, but it’s huge for us. The underlying theme that is repeated throughout the…

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Nov 29 2011

My first blog!

To some of you, I may seem overly excited about beginning my first blog. Truth be told, this is one of the highlights of my day. The past couple of days have been pretty rough, but today when I saw the kiddos at my placement, those problems seemed non-existent. I can always count on them…

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