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Aug 28 2011

The Importance of Teaching…

When I think about why I decided to join Teach For America, lots of cliches come to mind: I wanted to make a difference; I wanted to be the kind of teacher I had growing up; I wanted to pay it forward after being given so much by my adopted country and its education system.…

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Aug 17 2011

The New Start…

It’s a new [school] year, and I am hopeful. I am looking forward, but also giving great consideration to the past year and all my flaws and failures, both personal and professional. Was I the best teacher I could’ve been last year? I don’t think so. Was I the best friend? Probably not. The best…

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Aug 01 2011

The Second Chance…

I’ve been referring to this year as my “redemption year,” because my schedule is now geometry-heavy, and I know I did not do my best with my two geometry classes last year. Now, with tentative class rosters available, I find that pretty much all of my algebra 1 students from last year are in my…

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