Latest posts from Memphis

Jun 12 2012

making year 2 matter.

I’m rewriting my vision and classroom over the summer, and I’d love some input from veteran TFAers about resources.

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Jun 08 2012

Culture and Community

The past two days of Induction have gone by so quickly, and we’ve packed so much stuff in! Here are some highlights: -I had a chance today to go to the school where I’ll be working this fall and meet my principal and take a tour. My principal seems amazing and incredibly supportive, as do…

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Jun 05 2012

To Memphis!

Tomorrow’s the big day! Okay, it’s one of several big days to come. But, it’s the first big day, so it counts all the same. Tomorrow is the beginning of Induction, which is Teach For America’s pre-Institute “get-to-know-you” period. We have four full days in Memphis before heading (further) south to Mississippi. The last time…

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Jun 02 2012

End of Year One – They Did It!

So back in July it was nice for me to think that I would balance running a blog with teaching. Obviously that did not happen. Maybe I’ll post more on the year throughout the summer, but for now just a few tidbits. Obviously, I survived. There were days (and sometimes weeks) that were miserable, but…

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May 31 2012

broken promises, mental health, and second chances.

I broke a lot of promises this year.

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May 23 2012

The Conclusion…

In the wake of finishing two years in the classroom, I have found myself reflecting a lot lately about those years, what they have meant to me, and what I am taking with me from the experience. I am disappointed, yet satisfied; angry, yet joyful. I am hopeful for what’s to come in my life,…

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May 02 2012

The [Second] Final Stretch…

“Ms. H., that test was easy.” Music to my ears, this was what several of my best students told after the state algebra 1 test yesterday. I hope that this confidence is not misplaced. Scores should be back to us in the next two weeks, and I am eager to see how my students performed. I’ve…

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Apr 12 2012

The Visitor…

One of my students from last year, B., came to visit a few weeks ago. B. was a beautiful girl, frequently smiling, and maybe this is one year’s detachment talking, but I don’t remember her giving me much trouble. She had also transferred in to my relatively calm algebra class late in the year, so…

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Mar 07 2012

The Turkey People…

I have often thought that Teach For America should require a longer commitment. Would this result in fewer applications or higher attrition? Perhaps. Would this result in more effective teachers and leaders? Probably. Is this feasible at this point? I don’t think so – at least not nationwide. The idea of year 3 has been…

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Feb 28 2012

The Beauty…

7/8 of my teaching commitment is almost over. I knew the time would fly (it always does…), but it’s still hard to believe that it’s been two years since I came down to Memphis that first time with my family the winter after I got in to Teach For America. It will be very hard to leave…

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