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Jan 17 2011

12/4/2010

So I downloaded the TEXES preparation manual for test 111 Generalist Grades 4-8, which is what I believe my subject level to be. And now I’m having a slight freak out! I have to know math and science and be able to teach this to young children. I also have to be able to know…

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Jan 17 2011

11/9/2010

I MADE IT IN!!!!! I was accepted to Teach For America to teach all subjects grades 4-8!!!! SO excited! Words are limited to express my joy at this news. I literally jumped up and down with extra excitement- the rest of my day was just beautiful-nothing could ruin the high (nothing did ruin it into…

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Jan 17 2011

Millions of Young Americans Deserve a Second Chance

Written by David Mitchell and Simon Wong Americans are becoming more aware about K-12 education system reforms, from charter schools, value-added evaluation, pay-for-performance to Weighted Student Funding formula, there seems to be a lot of progress. However, the issue of non-graduated high school adults seems to be overlooked from the discussion by the governmental officials,…

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Nov 29 2010

Copy and paste.

Since I rarely have the energy to write, I’m going to copy and paste below part of an email I just sent to some friends from home.  It got a little preachy, but I think it contains some important thoughts… Also, congrats to the new 2011 corps members!  You just signed up for the ride of…

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Oct 16 2010

OCTOBER

When I returned from my short visit home, October was in full-swing.  October…  October is the month we were warned about through all of our TFA training.  I think even outside the TFA bubble October is a rough month for new teachers and veteran teachers alike.  If you can make it through October, you can…

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Oct 04 2010

On going home.

On Friday night of this past week, while most of my colleagues headed to what turned out to be our varsity football team’s first big win in the district, I boarded a plane to Baltimore and headed home for the first time since June.  The occasion was Homecoming at my college and a chance to…

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Sep 20 2010

There’s no training for this.

Well, we had our first student death of the year today. Teachers were alerted during 6th block this morning via an announcement by the principal asking all faculty to check their email immediately.  The email simply said that the student was found dead yesterday, that there were no other details at this time, that we…

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Sep 12 2010

Wait, I’m a teacher now?

It’s hard to fathom that I’ve been a teacher now for three weeks.  Going into Labor Day weekend, I felt good.  I was exhausted, physically and emotionally, but I had made it through two weeks without any major incidents and I felt good about what I was doing and the relationships I was building with…

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Aug 30 2010

How time flies…

Well, here we are, almost into September.  It feels like Institute ended an entire lifetime ago, and here I am suddenly in Jacksonville with 150 students of my own.  I have been a teacher for a week.  I have risen each day while the world is still dark and watched the sunrise from my classroom…

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Jul 04 2010

Lots of Questions, No Answers

On Friday, as a storm raged outside (courtesy of Hurricane Alex) and water flooded slowly into our CMA group work trailer, myself and the other CMs in my group were reflecting on the results of the midterm assessments we gave our students this past week.  I won’t say that we all had terrible results, but…

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