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Aug 09 2012

For all of the haters

Here’s a quick read on the Huffington Post that sums up all of the counter-arguments I try to give: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alyssa-granacki/in-defense-of-teach-for-a_b_1749879.html?fb_action_ids=578040926146&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%22578040926146%22%3A10151067650107346}&action_type_map={%22578040926146%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map=[]&utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

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Jul 17 2012

Frat Party?

As I insinuated on the previous post, I have ridden some bumpy road (as was literally the case every morning riding the school bus to teach summer school at Quitman County Elementary School) while here at Delta State.  The uneasiness about joining TFA started with a pretty foolish blunder on my part during the application…

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Jul 16 2012

These are my Reflections, part1

During the last week of the Chicago Institute they has structured time to reflect on everything that happened this summer. I am currently in the first part of the first session- and am being told to reflect and have personal quiet time to do so, not just ignoring the speaker!- and reading some of the…

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Jul 16 2012

Options

My Institute experience has finally passed.  The countdown to entering the real-world is twenty-one days away. My first day of teaching seventh grade social studies at JJ McClain Middle School in Lexington, Mississippi is twenty-one days way, August 6th.  I was advised by the friendly Delta First Eight Week Kickoff staff to record my experience of Institute, hence the…

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Jul 04 2012

Hard Feelings

EDIT: The purpose of this post was not to bash TFA or teachers who aren’t from TFA. The purpose was to express my frustration at the message they are sending to us this institute. The comments have been side tracked by union debates, if TFA is worthwhile, and bad mouthing TFA. The vision that TFA…

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Jun 25 2012

Closing time.

I’m officially closing out my little blog here. I’m still in ENC and still teaching in my placement region, but I’ve been teaching for seven (!) years now and have drifted so far out of the TFA “loop” that anything I might think to post is no longer really relevant to this blogging platform. For…

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Jun 18 2012

Last Day of Induction, First of Institute!

Our last day of induction was one of the most interesting. We shared our Story of Self with mostly complete strangers. The Story of Self is what made you you. A story about how you go to where you are or one that defined some of the values you have/how they were made. While I…

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Jun 18 2012

The chinese food isn’t that terrible

My Cousin Vinny is a family favorite. If you haven’t seen it, you need to.  The culture clash of the fast-talking northerner and the rural southerner really hit home with my family because we lived in New Jersey, but visited Tennessee often. We love it. To this day, my family still quotes bits of it…

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Jun 16 2012

Induction Day 3

I am still wrapping my head around today. In the morning we learned about Ax Handle Saturday- a dark period in Jax’s history, but one that should be shared! To learn more, go check out a piece the local newspaper did on it by clicking here. Essential points: on Aug 17, white men gather to…

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Jun 15 2012

Induction Day 1 (well….2)

Today was the first real day of Induction. We had to show up yesterday, but it was a more “get to know you” day as well as a “this is what we expect of you” day. They told us what to expect over induction and a bit of a time about our COA groups. I…

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