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J, “Miss B, it says I got a 90%. I passed!” Miss B, “That’s great J! I knew you could do it!” J, “Yeah. I know. But, sometimes I feel so stupid.” A (another stupid just listening to our conversation) chimes in, “You’re not stupid. Sometimes it just takes your brain a minute, and that’s okay.”…

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Mar 22 2011

7.8

Text message conversation with one of my most dedicated students (my message is in green). He retook the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education). He originally scored a 4.7 (4th grade level) in math in December when he began our program. His math TABE was a 7.8 today!! He puts in so much time and…

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Mar 18 2011

Find Something Good

I’ve mentioned before what an impact the summit was for me. If you weren’t able to go, there are so many great videos from the weekend. One in particular that I really took to heart was Camika Royal’s response to “What Role Will You Play”. You can watch it here: Camika Royal Video In this video she…

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Mar 16 2011

“I can pass the ECA, can’t I?”

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”- Douglas Noel Adams If you know me, you know I love quotes. I especially love the above quote from Douglas Adams. I am beginning to very much feel this way about ending up…

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Mar 14 2011

Graduation

Tomorrow my school will be celebrating our very 1st graduate (we just opened in September). Our students work at their own pace, so students earn credits and finish at different times. Our first graduate was 1 credit shy of graduating high school and was able to come back to school to finish up his last…

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Mar 13 2011

Expectations

I really can’t believe this is my first real entry since I began teaching in September. I had such good intentions when I began this blog. Like so many other 1st year teachers, I spent the first few months experiencing lots of lows and very few highs- and quite frankly I didn’t know if I…

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Sep 06 2010

Eve of my 1st day as a teacher…

I feel pretty awful that I haven’t kept this blog up, but I fully intend on getting better at it! So much has happened in the past three months! I was hired at a charter school as a math teacher. I’m in a pretty non traditional placement. I’ll be teaching adults who dropped out of…

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I am just one week away from Induction. I could not be more excited/anxious/overwhelmed/antsy/thrilled for my 2 year journey with Teach For America to begin. My to do list keeps growing, but I know I’ll only be busier once Institute begins. Anyways, I can’t wait to meet all my fellow CMs! Good luck to everyone,…

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I am 17 days away from starting a new journey; a new city, a new job, new friends… This past Monday I had an interview in Indianapolis at a Charter School, had dinner with an 08 CM, and looked at apartments. The interview consisted of me (absolutely no teaching background) teaching a 30 minute lesson…

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Apr 14 2010

Longest To Do List, EVER.

Okay, Okay…. maybe my To Do List isn’t the longest EVER. But I sure feel like I have a lot of stuff to do! Besides my school work (which is a lot more than I was hoping for my last semester in college), I have to study for the Praxis II Math Content Exam (on…

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