Latest posts from Twin Cities

Jun 14 2012

{My Story of Self}

One of the requirements of Teach For America’s pre-work is writing a story of self: an anecdote that showcases a bit of your personality! Read on for mine… no judgement if it’s a bit dramatic For the longest time, I’ve had an odd sense of guilt for leaving my home state. The eighth-biggest city in…

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Jun 14 2012

Tomorrow’s the day.

The LAST day. A day that, for a decent amount of time back in the fall, I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to as a teacher. All dramatics aside, I’m very much ready for a nice long break before I can even start thinking coherently about changes I’ll be making next year. The last…

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Jun 12 2012

Let the Adventure Begin!

Hello! My name is Olamide! I recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Tar Heel born and bred!) and I am getting ready to embark on a life changing journey miles away from a place I’ve called home for over 10 years. I understand that life changing doesn’t always mean good…

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Jun 11 2012

{It start before it starts}

Explaining the process of induction, institute, lag time and legit, 100% real, in-your-face teaching has been confusing to explain to friends and family. The general assumption goes as following: Aunt Rhonda: So…when do you go to Minneapolis?  Me: Next week, for five days, then full-time in August. AR: Wait… what? Why? What’s happening? Me: Well… I spend five…

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May 21 2012

My other blogging job

I’m now also blogging, a bit more formally than usual, for an education reform group here in Minnesota. Check out my first posts on the need for more structured teacher evaluations and detailed school “report cards”.     p.s.:  18 more days of school!!

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May 16 2012

And on the last day of state standardized testing…

…I took my kids out for an unscheduled recess and they started playing a very spirited game of boys vs. girls soccer.  If I haven’t said it enough before, my kids live for soccer and were ridiculously happy to unexpectedly get to play at the end of a long two days of testing.  One of…

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May 03 2012

The power of One Direction

Today’s Do Now to start math class:   Last night Ms. S. saw a post on Facebook that made her laugh: ’83% of girls would not care if Niall dropped out of One Direction. Re-post if you’re one of the 27% of girls who would fall on the floor crying!’ What is wrong with this…

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May 03 2012

General frustrations

If you’re hoping for entertaining kiddo stories, sorry in advance.  This post has two purposes:  a healthy vent, and some curiosity about how these things work in other TFA regions (specifically numbers 1 & 2).   #1:  I already used up my one allowed Professional Saturday skip in December, in order to catch up on…

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Apr 24 2012

My future writers

Somewhere in between all the test-prep madness, we do a little writing here and there.  And I love every minute of it:   A. wrote a letter to the editor in response to an article about the dangers of allowing teenagers to have cellphones.  Her conclusion?  People need cellphones, so clearly teenagers need cellphones.  Obviously,…

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Apr 06 2012

A certain level of chaos

Of all the mindset changes that I’ve made in the past 7 months, both intentional and unintentional, I think the most important by far has been accepting that along with every day at school comes a certain level of chaos.  It doesn’t matter how long I spend micro-planning my instructional day and problem-solving classroom management…

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