Latest posts from Oklahoma

Jul 25 2014

Why I Stayed

As Teach For America gains traction on college campuses and within the national media and as the education reform movement with which TFA aligns itself becomes more prevalent, an entire genre of op-eds has risen out of this surging popularity. The “Why I Quit TFA” blog post is a subject that myriad different former Corps…

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Apr 11 2014

The Final Report

This will probably be my last blog for TeachForUs.  It has been three months since I left teaching and TFA.  As I wrote previously, I had a family problem that required us to re-engineer our lives to save our son.  Since moving to Oklahoma, he went off the deep end and we had to act…

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Mar 30 2014

Leaning In

So, Thursday night I participated in a Diversity Call as part of an onboarding activity for TFA Oklahoma. In the days leading up to the call, I was voraciously trying to soak up as much of the pre-work related to the call as possible. Additionally, I was searching for outside information and references. I wanted…

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Mar 28 2014

Three Stories

1. I bought her a book. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, to be precise. An old favorite of mine from when I was in high school, when the world was bright and fresh and moved so, so fast and I could feel myself growing and stretching in new ways every second, every day. I…

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Mar 10 2014

Spring Break!

I haven’t written here in almost a month and I think that’s a testament to what’s been going on in my life. All in all, things are wild. Coaching soccer, grad school, preparing to say my goodbyes (to this city, these people, this school), training for the OKC marathon… things have been crazy and I’ve…

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Mar 05 2014

Breaking the Silence around Sexual Harassment/Abuse

A male student calls another female student “fat” in the hallway between classes. A rumor is spread about incriminating pictures of a classmate sweeping through school through Instagram. A male student calls his teacher “sweetheart.” A staff member squeezes the shoulder of a colleague in the hallway. This weekend, I reconnected with my passion: advocating…

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After a first year where I felt like I only truly connected with a small handful of my students, I felt like I really developed strong relationships with my 8th graders last semester. While I didn’t reach every single student, I got very close to a significant number and I would say that almost all of…

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Feb 05 2014

Lying and Cheating

This year I have ranted and raved about how spectacular my kids are. They’ve been angels for me and as a result, my attitude towards teaching and students has completely shifted. I left last year thinking that there were some aspects simply outside of a teacher’s control, that some students just are simply not predisposed…

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Jan 30 2014

Teamwork

Fine, I’ll admit it: I love Lorde’s album Pure Heroine. I think it’s great and (just as importantly for me when I choose new music these days) I think it’s great for 7th graders to listen to as well. So it’s gotten a lot of airtime in P4 recently. I love a lot of the…

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Jan 23 2014

Today.

Today my student Regina walks into my class wearing fluorescent blue eye makeup and a mohawk that makes her look like a parrot. Today my student listens to screamo music and eyes me warily when I walk by, daring me not to understand. Today she says, “I’m happy because my friend feels a lot better…

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