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Jun 22 2013

High and Mighty

On top of the world. It’s Friday and I just finished my first week of actual teaching. I have 8 brilliant students all with so much potential and the drive to succeed. On the first day I asked all of them if they wanted to go to college; every single one of them not only…

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Jun 21 2013

Some Final Bonding Time

Day 179: Pretty much every day at my school that is not sitting and learning in regularly scheduled classes has a feeling of chaos to it. Like the time we got lost hiking. Or the time we got to the art museum an hour early. Or that time every Thursday last period when no one knew…

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Jun 20 2013

Career Teaching and Teach For America Teaching

Alright, we all know we’re doing a different job. We have a different call to action. Sustainability and longevity aren’t necessarily at the forefront of our methods. I get that. I know that i’m trying to mentor, love, push, and teach these children in a way that is different (in a hopefully good way) but I’m struggling…

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Jun 20 2013

Moving Up

Day 178: Today was the 6th grade moving up ceremony – aka graduation. Well, that would come at 2 pm. Beforehand was four hours to fill with about 30 minutes of stuff. Students had to write index cards explaining what they would be bringing with them to the 7th grade – think, “Such-and-such is bringing her…

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Jun 19 2013

Breaking The News

Day 177: Today, I finally told my kids I was leaving. To prepare, I did two things. First, I made brownies. I figured if my kids were going to take it poorly, at least they’d have brownies. Second, I made a slide explaining the new city I would be teaching in – Lawrence, Massachusetts – and…

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Jun 18 2013

The Great Paper Debate

Well, I certainty started this blog with intentions of regular update that were fostered by my own habit of scouring the web for more information about the possibilities of this experience before I, well, experienced it. Oops. Failed that endeavor. I’m now officially a second year TFA corps member and I have found that something (or a…

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Jun 18 2013

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Mental overload. Crunch time has never been so…. crunchy? My brain is fried and I still have a lot of lesson plans/ worksheets/ grading/ intervention mini lessons/ EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD to do. Now I understand why people drop out of TFA during institute. But i will stick it out because i am passionate and…

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Jun 18 2013

Meh, They’re Kids

Day 176: My last Monday at my school is over. It felt, unsurprisingly, like pretty much any other Monday. Kids riled up in the morning, having completely forgotten how to be focused during Morning Meeting. The joys of recess and lunch duty. The inability of my homeroom to get into class in an orderly fashion, followed…

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Jun 17 2013

Lesson planning up the Wha-zoo

Wow my brain is tired. After a long day of planning I have completed 3 mini-lesson plans on class culture, a final draft for my math objective 1, a rough draft of math objective 3, numerous class decorations/posters, our final outline of our groups class culture plan, and…. idk what else!? I’m done for the…

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Jun 16 2013

One Last Shout-Fest

Day 175: As I’ve explained before, I have my students do a call and response chant before every quiz and test. I yell “work hard” and they respond “get smart.” I wonder if they actually remember this is supposed to remind them about the value of persistence and growth mindset, or if they just like yelling…

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