Latest posts from Milwaukee

Sep 19 2012

Why do we need unions?

Every now and then I’ll be talking about the teachers strike with someone and they’ll say something along the lines of “I understand why they’re doing this, but why do they need a contract?” or “Why do they need a union?” It is something I haven’t asked myself since taking U.S. History in high school,…

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Sep 18 2012

It’s a different kind of nervous

Two weeks ago, on the eve of my second first day as a teacher, I was a different kind of nervous. Last year I was worried about my classroom not being ready for my students and I was worried about whether or not I would be able to handle the responsibility of my role. This…

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Sep 16 2012

I stand in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union

I’ve been meaning to post about the beginning of year two for some time now, but, in usual form, I’m too busy to type! In the first two weeks of school I’ve been putting together my classroom, getting to know my new students, continuing my own education at Cardinal Stritch University, and following the teachers…

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Aug 07 2012

Just because I think we should lift one another up…

Doesn’t make me a communist, a proponent of class warfare, or a hippie.  I don’t even think it makes me a “liberal”.  I think it makes me a fighter for my fellow man and woman.  Doesn’t that sound much better?   Got it?   Instead of writing in my own journal, I want this to…

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Aug 01 2012

Riverwest 24

Back when my friend (and soon-to-be roommate) and I moved to Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, we didn’t have the best impression of it. She took the high volume of shirtless men as a sign of it being a dirty place and I took the noise level of my neighbor and banjo enthusiast as a sign of…

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May 30 2012

And now the fun starts…

Induction is a little less than two weeks away.  I feel like I’ve been waiting for this forever!  However, there’s been plenty to keep busy with.  I’ll be in Cherry Hill, NJ tomorrow through Sunday with my STEM education friends discussing “Teaching as Inquiry.”  And there’s always TFA pre-work to do!  I’ll admit, I haven’t…

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Mar 31 2012

Big week!

So, it’s all starting to feel real now. I was awarded a fellowship from KSTF, which is AMAZING.  Their support (both  financially and in PD) makes me feel a lot more comfortable.  Plus, their fellowship is a five year commitment, so I know I’ll be in the classroom for five years.  I knew that before,…

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Feb 22 2012

For the love of money…

Dear Milwaukee, Or the state of Wisconsin.  Part of me applauds you for your dedication to ensuring highly qualified teachers are in classrooms.  The $170 I just spent on the Praxis I (in other states, acceptable ACT scores suffice), and the idea that I may have to take out student loans for the first time…

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Feb 13 2012

If I ruled the world…of education

I need to get this off of my chest… If I ruled the world, teachers would be compensated fairly for the work they do. Teachers would be treated as the professionals they are. But…it would be easier to get rid of the bad apples that give the profession a bad name. School funding wouldn’t be…

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Jan 25 2012

Well, Hello Spring 2012

Got back to school for my final semester last week–taking some AWESOME classes, including graph theory and introductory physics (which each have elements that I can use for teaching math).  Additionally, I’m taking Middle East Politics, doing a capstone on voting theory, and studying NGO activity in Central America after a recent trip to Nicaragua.…

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