Latest posts from New York

Jul 20 2013

Halfway there!

Yesterday we finished our second week of teaching.  Teaching math has become such a joy which is a complete change to how I felt during the first week (when it was stress inducing and I was feeling very insecure about my own math knowledge).  Lunch was added to the daily schedule so we now have…

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Jul 08 2013

First day of teaching!!

I feel so truly blessed (“Too blessed to be stressed”) that I know such wonderful people, who I dearly miss, that are not only showing me tons of love on social media – thanks y’all, you know I love it – but who sent me the sweetest wishes last night, calming words, and awesome vibes…

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May 25 2013

The Right to Serve

My first year teaching, I counted many more failures than successes. The one story I clung to was when I helped a student gain admission to a summer robotics program at the Cooper Union. He was interested in engineering and I knew full well that the science education I was giving him was poor preparation,…

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Apr 04 2013

Passing time

I finally am coming back to this little blog to report that I passed my NYS certification exams with flying colors! I could lie and pretend that this comes as surprise to me, but the truth is that the education I received at an all girls independent school on the Upper East Side was beyond…

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Feb 05 2013


Today, I’m heading to the NYC Leadership Academy for a training about programming and scheduling. It’s good I’m going: I might be generating programs for 300 students next year and I’m certainly not prepared. It worries me, though. There’s a contradiction between my developing educational philosophy and my expected course of action. My school needs…

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Jan 26 2013


I am beyond pleased, ecstatic, [insert any other word that expresses feelings of the utmost JOY] to share that I interviewed at Leadership Prep Brownsville this morning and will be joining their team this fall.  My sample teach was incredibly fun and I was so thrilled to share the company with the most well behaved…

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Jan 22 2013

Getting ready!

There is a lot of work involved in getting ready to join the corps!   I am so excited to have already accomplished: registering for my NYS Certification exams; starting the Violence and Child Abuse workshops; preparing for my demo lesson at a phenomenal charter school in Brooklyn this Friday.   Gearing up for all…

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Jan 20 2013

Test Anxiety

Regents week begins this Tuesday. Students will be retaking the exams they failed last June — and August, or January, or the June before that. We have students in their senior year of high school sitting for exams they first took in ninth grade. They have failed these same exams repeatedly. For a number of…

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Jan 16 2013

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog, the Tiny Teacher! I am currently a full time staff member at Teach For America and will begin teaching in Fall 2013 in New York City.   Hopefully, I will have lots of amazing and riveting things to say in this blog.  At any rate, I am so excited to meet…

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Aug 07 2012

New Placement!

So, I haven’t been posting about my placement process (which has finally worked out) because I didn’t want to jinx it before everything was finalized. With the help of TFA, I have secured a new placement for my second year at an amazing program. I will be teaching an Early Learn/Head Start class in a bilingual district…

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