Latest posts from New York

Oct 02 2011

Books to Trade?

When I do get into my own classroom, I want my class to have the best library a 3/4-year-old has every seen! I’ve been rummaging around and gathering all of my old books, but I’m still looking for more! I have a lot of books that would be good for elementary and middle school classrooms…

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Oct 02 2011

A Little Bit of Background

This week I finally got into a classroom, YAY! Of course, because these things can never be easy, there is trouble brewing. I haven’t been writing much (practically at all) because there’s been very little to say. I got hired, and then things sort of fell out of place. I’ve been hired by a network…

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Sep 18 2011

Week 2 approaches

Tonight and through the next week I will be writing daily about the week in videos, content, developments in curriculum, assessment tools, data collection, connection, soccer games, bowling and how I am trying to grab 20+ hours of work in less time than that.

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Sep 18 2011

General Cover Comments

In my current position as a teacher I strive to motivate and promote the creativity of my students and colleagues with my level of commitment and positive attitude. I have always believed in collaboration; and, I work hard to combine many different ideas into one feasible model with achievement and consistency always acting as the…

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Sep 15 2011

A Little iPad Help?

As you may know, Apple donated iPads to all current Teach For America Corps Members… pretty amazing, I know! I’m really excited to pick mine up on Sunday and play around with it. However, while I can think of about a million Apps I’ll immediately want to download for my own personal enjoyment, I don’t…

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Sep 12 2011

September 11- 10 years on

This weekend is the first time I’ve felt a tinge of relief that I am not yet in the classroom. I will be teaching 3 and 4 year-olds. How do you explain to small children who have only ever known what it is to live in this post-9/11 world how their city, their country, their…

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Sep 11 2011

From Something Hard to Something Infinitely Harder

That’s the transition to expect from Institute to the first weeks of school.  Seriously, unreal.  I feel that even with the insane hours of work and stress and no sleep this summer, I was still not prepared for the chaos of my first solo flight as a first grade teacher. I cry every day.  Sometimes…

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Sep 05 2011

A Teacher who joined TFA

Teaching, Education Policy, Progress, Practice, Futures

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Aug 31 2011

Just because I never did it before…

Here are some photos of the bulletin board my co-teachers and I made for our students this summer. The whole thing was actually even better: as part of our theme, every student had a car that was used for attendance, but also represented the rewards they were getting for putting in strong effort in the…

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Aug 31 2011

Excerpt from an e-mail I wrote a friend…

And by “excerpt,” I mean the majority of the e-mail. After writing it, I realised it’s pretty much everything I would want to tell people to give them an overview of where I am right now. I’ll be working in the South Bronx, in a largely Hispanic and African immigrant community. I’m really excited about…

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