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Jul 24 2011

Round Zero

It is hard to believe that Round Zero has already come and gone. Round Zero was a four-day intensive training hosted by our Atlanta Teach for America staff, designed to prepare us for our next year of teaching.  Much of the training was focused specifically on the first eight weeks of school, which are rapidly…

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Jul 22 2011

Ready and Waiting

I am moved in to Orangebrug, SC.  We have almost two weeks until new employee orientation, and almost three weeks before the first day of school.  My roommates and I are beginning to learn the city and are trying to navigate around without the GPS.  The South Carolina corps is brimming with excitement.  We cannot…

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Jul 12 2011

The Flaming Hot Cheeto Incident

On our last day of summer school, we threw a pizza party to reward our students for achieving certain goals in connection with their academic performance and behavior.  We also had some chips available.  Chips have been a very popular reward in our summer school reading class, especially Flaming Hot Cheetos.  The Flaming Hot Cheetos…

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Jul 09 2011


A few days ago, our class was divided into groups.  The groups were diligently answering questions on a worksheet.  A student in one of the groups raised his hand.  “Mrs. T, I don’t understand this question.” The question pertained to information in a pie chart.  The pie chart purported to show the percentages of races…

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Jul 07 2011

Not Another Math Problem

We started off this summer with Taylor Mali poem on “What Teachers Make,” a personal spoken word favorite about what teachers make. I wanted to push myself and anyone else who might be feeling a little discouraged to think about what students will make in this spoken word poem by Sarah Kay. If you’re ever…

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Jul 06 2011

One More, Please

Each day, we have a period we call academic intervention.  Academic intervention is a period in which four teachers divide their time among the sixteen students in our class.  We can work one-on-one or in small groups.  We can review materials covered earlier in the day in class.  We can go over individual assessments to…

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Jul 02 2011

Teacher is the Student

I once (rather arrogantly) told my husband “Some people follow rules; others make them.” Let me tell you how those words taste… I have a student who is incredibly bright.  She consistently participates in class, makes keen observations, and asks relevant, insightful questions.  She performs well on most of her assessments.  She is extremely likeable. …

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Jun 28 2011

I Know.

One of the most exciting things I have experienced as a teacher at Institute so far is the enthusiasm in the eyes of a student who has done well. Very few, if any, of my students look enthused as they walk through the classroom door in the morning.  It’s early.  It’s summer.  Their friends are…

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Jun 25 2011

Atlanta Institute–The First Three Weeks

I don’t even know where to start.  I was going to write about the insane Institute schedule, but I think I will pass.  Just note that everything you have heard about Institute is absolutely true.  Mornings start at 4 am and end at 10 pm.  Six hours of sleep is best-case scenario.  And your brain…

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Jun 19 2011

Year 1 In Review

WOW! What an amazing year this turned out to be! I really couldn’t have asked for anything better than what I experienced with my 5th and 6th graders this year. I think an overlaying theme of my school year has been personal growth. My students and I both, have grown so much and we’ve helped…

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