Latest posts from New York

Jun 22 2012

That Moment When…

Today I gave a demo lesson at an amazing school in an amazing classroom. If I get the job, I will be really happy. It’s an amazing school, amazing program, and amazing organization. I am a candidate for a Pre-K position within the school network. I was actually lucky, and got to give the demo…

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Jun 21 2012

NYC Induction, Day One

So, it’s my second night of induction after my first day of programming.  Being a compulsive organizer of all things abstract, I’d like to sum up my experiences thus far in a list: Things I’ve Learned About Induction Thus Far: 1. Come to induction as soon as registration opens.  The lines are a lot shorter, and it…

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Jun 19 2012

A Little Rant About (one of my) Grad School (classes)

Ok… I understand, and support, the idea that teachers need to be self reflective to be successful and effective. I’m all for it. But seriously? Do I really have to tell my professors about everything that’s ever happened to me in 8 pages of short essays? Especially since I would really rather that this professor…

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Jun 13 2012

NYC’s SPED Reform Rollout

If you haven’t heard yet, NYC is planning on launching it’s latest and ‘greatest’ special education reform in recent memory. This started out as a pilot launched by Special Education Deptuy Chancellor Laura Rodriguez, who is interestingly departing the DOE before the implementation takes full effect this fall; yes, in your classroom. New York City…

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Jun 13 2012

The Obigatory Explanation

Hi there perusers of the Internet and more than likely folks who googled Teach for America special education New York City (let’s be real, I don’t know how else you would end up here), this is my blog. Let me tell you a little about why I’m writing it. I worked in Bushwick, Brooklyn teaching…

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Jun 03 2012

What happens when life doesn’t go as planned?

This time last year, I was preparing to take my state teaching exams (LAST and CST) and head off to Institute to begin my life as a teacher. Never in a million years did I see this year playing out the way it did, or imagine that come June 2012, I would pretty much be…

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Apr 27 2012

Lesson Planning

During TFA Institute, I hated the process we went through for lesson planning. At the beginning, someone tried to insist that this was the way we would lesson plan during the year, and so it was a worthy skill to develop in this way. Ultimately however, my CMA agreed that it was unlikely we would plan in this…

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Apr 06 2012

Moving Forward

Well, I got myself a job! I have been offered (and will be accepting in the morning) a position as a Lead Pre-K teacher at an ACS center run by the YWCA here in NYC. It’s a great school, great position, and a lot of benefits and guarantees that were not there in my last…

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Mar 30 2012

Down, but not Out (Yet…)

Well, it’s been almost two months now that I have been jobless and let me tell you, it does not feel like a vacation. I work a variety of odd jobs- I set up the new e-mail system for my synagogue, I babysit, and I tutor. The only thing that’s even remotely regular is the…

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Mar 14 2012

Social tools for educators

A new social tool has been released recently called Pinterest- you’ve probably heard of it. It is a tool that allows users to set up different boards for their various interests, and “pin” to them, the way a person might pin to a cork board or an idea board in a physical space. They have…

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