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Oct 20 2013

The Death of math

Galileo once wrote “Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.”  It is said that over the door of Plato’s Academy were the words “Let no one ignorant of geometry enter.”  Indeed, the word ‘Mathematics’ comes from Ancient Greek meaning ”that which is learnt.” Few people love Mathematics more than I do.  What…

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Oct 14 2013

Education Reform Requires Higher Teacher Salaries

We can continue to train great teachers on a two to three year cycle and call it good enough; but let us be honest, keeping strong teachers in the classroom is vital to transforming education and salary matters for retaining top talent. After graduating with a JD from Notre Dame Law School—where the average graduate…

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Britt Nicole reminds me of me-her age, her dress, her fears, her life experiences. I love her song, The Lost get Found. She sings, “don’t let your fire burn out.” My mom and I were talking yesterday about a time in her life when she saw her fire burning out. She was sick of fighting…

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There are so many horrible, depressing experiences posted on Teach for Us that when I was accepted to the corps last November, I became terrified of October and the first semester of school a year before it had even began. I am here to share my experiences thus far in TFA and to show whoever…

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Oct 11 2013

Common Core vs. Common Sense

Four times a year the American Federation of Teachers publishes a magazine called American Educator.  Though I generally like what they have to say in this publication, I was somewhat disturbed by the cover story of the recent issue.  The article, which you can read online, is called ‘Letting the Tet Take Center Stage.  How…

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Oct 10 2013

Slate Magazine Article

At the end of the school day, I received an e-mail from AK directing me to a Slate Magazine article entitled “Why I Stopped Writing Recommendation Letters for Teach For America.”  I had some immediate reactions and I’ll try to keep it brief. 1) Hopefully my peers in the Delta would agree that education policy…

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Oct 08 2013

Saving Public Ryan

There’s nothing more dangerous than a first year TFAer who is having an easy time.  And don’t tell them that they’re having an easy time or they will protest that it is not easy, but actually the toughest thing they’ve ever done in their lives.  But the fact is that although most new TFAers are…

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Oct 08 2013

I wish my kids were going to have a grandma.

It couldn’t be any prettier outside my mom’s house. The sun lights up the edges of the clouds. The peachy hues of sunset undulate with the tranquil blues of the sound. The Olympics have a dusting of snow and the flowers are still blooming on the porch. I’m a tearful mess. My logic part of…

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Oct 07 2013

How I Became a Better Teacher in 8-12 Hours

I made a breakthrough this week. I became better at delivering lessons. A lot better. Any other week, the credit would have gone to my CMA, MTLD, or teachers-with-excellent-advice, but I have to admit that 95% of my professional development this week is because of him: This is The Germ. A rhinovirus, I think. It…

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Oct 04 2013

The Id, The Ego, and The Super-Rhee-go

Reformers have been obviously working on re-vamping their public images.  People are tiring of their empty promises, their overly simplistic remedies, and their unwillingness to engage in an honest discussion about what is and isn’t working.  So the reformer’s reformer, Michelle A. Rhee, my old acquaintance from when I worked with her at the 1996…

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