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Apr 05 2011

Interview Invite: North Star Academy!

It’s been a slow few weeks since my last update. I have been working through Institute work and studying for the Praxis on the 30th. I don’t know if it’s just me, but the Institute work is taking me FOREVER. I scoff at the approximate times they list at the head of each assignment. I…

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Mar 15 2011

Praxis II Spanish: World Language Update

A super quick note–I PASSED! I got a 184 on the Praxis II Spanish: World Language test. 168 was passing for the state of New Jersey and I am SO happy right now. Update with the EE: CK score in a few weeks. ‘Till then, stay safe and happy guys! –H

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Mar 13 2011

Post-Praxis Feelings

Ugh. I contemplated leaving that as the full body of this post. This morning did not go well. Everyone has been telling me that ‘you probably did better than you think’ and ‘you always think you do poorly’– but I am quite convinced that I could not have passed my Middle School Science Praxis this…

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Mar 12 2011

The big post-Praxis update

First I wanted to take a quick serious second to register my sadness at the tragedy that’s befallen Japan and the ongoing crisis.  I encourage everyone to donate to a group like the Red Cross and help show international support for a human cause. That said. I have SO much to cover!  In the interest…

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Mar 09 2011

A little confidence stirs…

So with 3 days and 7 hours until I take the Middle School Science Praxis II, I am starting to feel a little bit confident. This new wave of faith in myself is the result of a fairly successful practice test. I had been saving the practice test in the ETS study guide until today,…

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Mar 03 2011

<10 days

I have no idea where the time has gone. I almost feel like I haven’t learned anything new since I posted 12 days ago! I looked up what score I need to pass NJ’s DoE requirements- a 145. Of course the actual grading is somewhat elusive, but it’s roughly a 73%. If the test were…

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Feb 19 2011

Wassup, Slime?!

Yesterday was a pretty interesting day. (In a good way..I know when teachers use “interesting” to describe work-related stuff, it could mean a variety of things. lol). This week was Mid-term week.  My students took our chemistry mid-term on Tues and Wed.  Since there was a mutual agreement among the teachers to keep work light…

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Feb 19 2011

Difficulty focusing

22 days left in the Middle School Science Praxis II countdown. I have to be honest and say that studying is going less than ideally. Some of the problem stems from self-discipline. I guess I am a little out of practice with studying, even though it’s only been a few months since I graduated. Some…

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Feb 15 2011

Praxis II Spanish: World Language

Welp, this is a bit late to help much of anyone this time around, but I figure that a) since it’s a new test, and b) since it’s a requirement for at least the future NJ Spanish teachers/TFA CMs teaching Spanish in lots of places out there, I would give my impressions of the test. …

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Feb 13 2011

My TFA experience thus far

I thought it would be nice to chronicle my TFA experience thus far. I applied in October during the 3DL. I waited until the last day to submit my application, to ensure that everything was in order. I must have had 5 drafts of my personal statement before I trashed them all and just wrote.…

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