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Aug 09 2012

The Importance of Why

Earlier tonight, my school hosted it’s elementary orientation. I knew it was going to be an opportunity for me to meet some of my students and their families. After hearing stories from the kindergarten orientation where on average 80% of the parents showed up, I was expecting most of my parents to show up. I…

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Aug 02 2012

Focusing on my Classroom

Institute allows a lot of time for reflection. Now that I am done with Institute, I find myself continuing on this reflection about this past summer. I never realized how all encompassing my classroom would become so quickly. Despite the fact that I was only teaching 9 students for on average 45 minutes per day,…

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Jul 24 2012

My Love-Hate Relationship with Institute

I am pretty sure it’s normal to have a love-hate relationship with Institute, but I am going to lay out my thoughts here for the record. In true TFA fashion, there will be a survey coming tomorrow, and I am sure there will be some copying and pasting going on here as I don’t want…

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Jul 16 2012

Online vs. Reality

For the past four years of my life, including running a State Representative campaign, my life has been based primarily on two types of communication, in-person and through e-mail. In a typical day, I would go through 50 or so “important” e-mails followed up by a series of in-person meetings. In many professional jobs, what…

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Jul 15 2012

Everyday brings its New Challenges and Rewards

After three weeks at the LA Institute, I have learned more about teaching than I thought was possible in this amount of time. I had to admit that I was leery (and still am leery) that I would be prepared to be a teacher in five, short weeks, but I am amazed at how much…

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Jul 08 2012

A Balanced Path to Success?

I try to live most of my life on a very balanced path somewhat along the lines of al-Razi. This Medieval philosopher based in Baghdad focused on living a life in between the excesses of hedonism and the solitude of the monastery life. While my upper and lower limits may be defined a bit differently,…

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Jul 06 2012

Spoiled in LA

Yesterday, I found out that one of my fellow LVV corps members is updating his blog everyday. Since I am a super competitive person, I am briefly going to try to do the same by writing two posts in two days. The reason I am able to write these posts is because I spent most…

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Jul 04 2012

The Insane Kids keep me Sane

I know it’s been over a week since I last wrote a post, but it took working 5 hours already on the 4th of July to be in a position where I could actually afford the time to write a post. That’s the story of Institute. There is simply so much work to do that…

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Jun 26 2012

Enjoyed Day 1

After everyone had built up Institute to be the hardest five weeks of my life, I expected the “torture” to start from the first second. But that hasn’t been the case so far. Moving in yesterday was a breeze. It only took a few minutes to check at Loyola Marymount University, and getting settled in…

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Jun 24 2012

Besides your classroom, how did you learn to teach?

Is there a place for the stories of teach for us beyond chronologically organized blogs? Are they important enough to collect, edit and publish? Is there something to learn here? I realized that I have a lot of freedom to take the courses I choose in graduate school because I finished my requirements. I’m wondering…

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