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Jun 18 2012

Last Day of Induction, First of Institute!

Our last day of induction was one of the most interesting. We shared our Story of Self with mostly complete strangers. The Story of Self is what made you you. A story about how you go to where you are or one that defined some of the values you have/how they were made. While I…

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Jun 16 2012

Induction Day 3

I am still wrapping my head around today. In the morning we learned about Ax Handle Saturday- a dark period in Jax’s history, but one that should be shared! To learn more, go check out a piece the local newspaper did on it by clicking here. Essential points: on Aug 17, white men gather to…

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Jun 15 2012

Induction Day 1 (well….2)

Today was the first real day of Induction. We had to show up yesterday, but it was a more “get to know you” day as well as a “this is what we expect of you” day. They told us what to expect over induction and a bit of a time about our COA groups. I…

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Apr 18 2012

Pre-insitute work Parts 1-3

I’ve completed the first three parts of the pre-institute reading. Personally, it was not super helpful.   I think it will be super helpful to those who have never been exposed to any women studies ideas and find that facts are the best argument and motivator to change. Or those who have role models.  …

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Mar 21 2012

Pre-Institute Work

Every year before institute, TFA hands out homework. Last year, I received a 5 lbs box with all of the material printed in a specialize book, a workbook, a Teaching As Leadership book, and a CD with stories on it. Most of the material in the book (mostly copies from other books) was how to…

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Jan 29 2012


When I heard I was placed in high school social studies, I always hoped I would be able to teach AP classes. Those were some of the most challenging classes I had in high school, and the lessons I learned in there were truely life lessons. My first year of AP classes taught me time…

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Dec 06 2011

Duval Co Teacher Application

So, we have had to apply to Duval County using their online app, and I have some comments to make about it.  We found out on Monday the 28th (or rather I would have had I not slept through my alarm to wake up at 12:30 am for the meeting at 1 am on Tuesday…

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Dec 06 2011

Changing places…

Hey gang! I used to post on here under when I was going to be a corps member from 2011 in the Rio Grande Valley, but then I got a Fulbright to Macedonia and was able to defer my TFA placement until this year. I waited and waited and counted down the days until I…

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Oct 15 2011

Thinking of the Future

A conversation with one of my students last week: “Ms. Rubin, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “Um… I am grown up.”

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Jun 21 2011

Induction– A whirlwind.

I’m writing this from the first day of Institute (which I feel deserves a separate post). So clearly, Induction came and went with a fury, and in just 4 short days so much was experienced. First of all, DORMS ARE COLD. COLD COLD COLD. The first night was freezing, because my roommate and I could…

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