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May 27 2012

What a year!

So… life got busy!  After the first week of school, things picked up so quickly that blogging was not a priority.  In the blink of an eye, the first year was over.  And what a year it was! Some thoughts… My students are incredible.  They will change the world.  I am excited to see what…

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May 15 2012

The post you’ve all been waiting for

Well, T-minus two weeks until Induction begins! This time June 5, I’ll already be immersed, I’m sure, in crazy TFA excitement and busy-ness. From what I hear, Induction (and the ensuing Institute) are incredibly jam-packed and difficult – but, then again, I would wager that learning to do anything in five weeks that takes a…

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Apr 18 2012

Pre-insitute work Parts 1-3

I’ve completed the first three parts of the pre-institute reading. Personally, it was not super helpful.   I think it will be super helpful to those who have never been exposed to any women studies ideas and find that facts are the best argument and motivator to change. Or those who have role models.  …

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Mar 21 2012

Pre-Institute Work

Every year before institute, TFA hands out homework. Last year, I received a 5 lbs box with all of the material printed in a specialize book, a workbook, a Teaching As Leadership book, and a CD with stories on it. Most of the material in the book (mostly copies from other books) was how to…

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Jan 29 2012


When I heard I was placed in high school social studies, I always hoped I would be able to teach AP classes. Those were some of the most challenging classes I had in high school, and the lessons I learned in there were truely life lessons. My first year of AP classes taught me time…

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Dec 06 2011

Duval Co Teacher Application

So, we have had to apply to Duval County using their online app, and I have some comments to make about it.  We found out on Monday the 28th (or rather I would have had I not slept through my alarm to wake up at 12:30 am for the meeting at 1 am on Tuesday…

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Dec 06 2011

Changing places…

Hey gang! I used to post on here under when I was going to be a corps member from 2011 in the Rio Grande Valley, but then I got a Fulbright to Macedonia and was able to defer my TFA placement until this year. I waited and waited and counted down the days until I…

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Aug 14 2011

One Week Down

Time is flying!  It is hard for me to believe that the first week of school is over! I spent the week before school started setting up my classroom, and I have been pleased with the results.  I also spent a great deal of time preparing my lesson plans.  Sometimes, it seems like I could…

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Aug 09 2011

Disingenuousness: We’re Small Potatoes, Y’all

It’s not said, but it’s said: we’re supposed to be somehow better than the teachers in schools now. There aren’t teacher shortages at my school. My school hired me, an English major with zero teaching experience, over someone more experienced who was traditionally certified in social studies. Maybe it’s because they can pay me less,…

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Jul 31 2011

One Week Until the Students Arrive

Time is really flying now!  All of TFA’s summer training is over, and I am officially in the hands of my school district and school. Early last week, our school district hosted its orientation.  The orientation was wonderful—district leaders shared their mission and vision, along with a healthy dose of well-deserved district pride.  An incredibly…

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