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Feb 10 2011

College for all?

In my perusing of education news this weekend, I came across an article (of course now I can’t remember where!) about a new study by Harvard that questions whether we should be preparing all students for college.  Teach for America, of course, trains its corps members to invest their students in college from elementary school…

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Feb 01 2011

Teahing is Difficult

Like, really difficult.  Especially if you were only provided the lesson plan 20 minutes before the class and you have never taught before in your life and there are 13 Spanish speaking students with limited English proficiency expecting you  to help them learn “mas inglés.”  I am tutoring/teaching English to Spanish speakers at El Sol COmmunity…

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Jan 29 2011

When You Want Something that was Stolen Returned…

It was my first time having a substitute in my room; early September, and I still was on the semi “trusting” side with my students. When I returned the next day, everything in my room was fine except one thing: an amethyst rock I kept on my desk was missing. Now, this rock was not…

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Jan 26 2011

I TAUGHT THEM SOMETHING!

Amidst the pressure that is mounting as the FCAT is looming, I’ve had absolutely NO time to think about blogging.  This little tidbit, however, was too good to file away in my memory box in hopes that it would be written about later… In September, which seems like years ago at this point, I very…

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Jan 23 2011

How to wake up a student when asleep

1. Student falls asleep in class (of course not as a result of bad instruction, simply the lack of sleep at home) 2. Teacher tells the class to be verrrry quiet 3. Teacher grabs the desk of the sleeping student 4. Teacher begins to violently shake the desk while yelling “EARTHQUAKE!” thus waking the sleeping…

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Jan 20 2011

“I Won’t Learn From You”

I won’t Learn From You and Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment by Herbert Kohl was recommended to me by TFA. Like the other books they recommended, I requested it from the Library. I got it in today and began reading it as part of the strategy to study for the certification exam. I thought it…

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Jan 17 2011

Transition Call # 2: Certification Overview

This call was all about certification and testing. We went over a “certification overview” as well as discussed the next steps that we will be taking. For certification in the state of Texas, you can get a preliminary certification for one year after passing the content exam (see previous post). In addition, you must have…

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Jan 17 2011

Certification – Step One

So it is official as of 4:10:39 pm CST today that I applied or alternative certification program in Texas. **happy dance around my room** I find it some how fitting that I submit this application on the first day of my final semester in college. It seems to bring everything out full circle. Ending one…

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Jan 17 2011

TFA 20th Anniversary Summit

I just finished registering with TFA’s 20th Anniversary Summit in Washington, D.C on Feb 11-13, 2011. I am super excited I will get to meet new, current, and former Corp Members as well as staff and posisbly the founder, Wendy Kopp. I will arrive on Thursday Feb 10 in the late afternoon after a flight…

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Jan 17 2011

Transition Call # 1: RGV Valley & Your Role

12/8/2010 Just participated in the first transition conference call and I think I know why I was picked for RGV. They stressed in their 2015 vision that graduating from high school should be the floor- that we are striving for something more than just that. We are looking for a way to push them to…

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