Latest posts from Memphis

Mar 13 2014

The Alumni Survey…

At a dinner a couple of weekends ago with other alums, we got on the topic of the alumni survey. This was perhaps not by chance, as one of my dinner companions was on the alumni team here in Philly. We shared our concerns with one question in particular, the “How likely are you to…

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Feb 21 2014

The Love Letter to a City…

I recently met someone here in Philadelphia who had, surprisingly, actually been to Memphis (trust me, it doesn’t happen often), and she said Memphis was one of two cities she had ever traveled to for a former job that had wildly surpassed her [admittedly low] expectations for it. (The other was Louisville.) It was a…

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Oct 30 2013

The Ideal…

I thought one of the most appealing aspects of being placed to teach in Memphis was that there was no master’s degree requirement. In fact, there was no requirement at all outside of Teach For America professional development to take any coursework toward any kind of additional certification. I had to take a couple of…

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Sep 24 2013

The Inferiority Complex and the Defensiveness…

This semester, I’m taking two grad classes in the education school for my education policy degree. One of them is about assessment, and I really enjoy it. Several of my classmates are current teachers; many have years of teaching experience. Besides having mad respect for anyone who is studying for a grad degree while¬†teaching full-time…

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Jul 10 2013

Last day of summer school tomorrow…

After a mere 2 1/2 weeks of teaching my summer school students, 100% of them saw growth on their final assessment, with over half of them reaching their specific final assessment goal in points (and one of them exceeding that goal by over 20). I saw extreme improvements in writing; students who when asked to…

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Jun 22 2013

Update!

Everything is still going well! I’m getting by on 4-5 hours of sleep a night, and I am having to get my own food a lot more than I would have wanted to because the food situation here is so terrible, but I am surviving. This past week was my first week with my summer…

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Jun 16 2013

Biking and building and… teaching?

Last summer, I rode a bike from Charleston, SC to Santa Cruz, CA for affordable housing through a program called Bike and Build. It was one of the hardest and most amazing experiences of my life, and I am finding that my summer spent with Teach for America is quite similar to it in a…

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Jun 11 2013

Shout outs!

This will be brief but everything is going well! Shout out to Service Master for providing all Corps Members in Memphis with a $25 Amazon gift card to help us get our classrooms started. It is sincerely appreciated. Trying to decide how to make the best use out of mine at the moment… I spent…

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Jun 05 2013

Institute: Day Two

Two days of Institute done! It feels like I have been here forever already. Today was equally as amazing as yesterday. In the morning we listened to logistical information, but then we spent the rest of the day with our TLC (cohort) group. We really got to know each other by sharing our life maps–…

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Jun 04 2013

Institute: Day One

Well, here I am– after months of anticipation– I am sitting in my dorm room with my amazing roommate Anna at the University of Memphis. Today was our first day of Institute, and let me just say… they definitely don’t start you off slow here. I spent 12 hours today in scheduled programming, but it…

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