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Jan 18 2012

The Eavesdropper…

Yesterday, I was sitting in the bleachers at my team’s last regular swim meet when I overheard two teachers from another school talking about Teach For America. Ears perked, I listened to one criticize a corps member at her school and say that anyone could get good results as a teacher if he or she…

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Oct 28 2011

The Incentive…

Tennessee – and Memphis specifically – is at the heart of a lot of potentially powerful change in terms of education reform. Big names in Teach For America history – Kevin Huffman and Chris Barbic – have taken positions in state education leadership; there is a city-county system merger set for 2013; the Teacher Effectiveness…

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Oct 06 2011

The Substitute…

Just about nine weeks into my second year, I had to have my first-ever substitute today. (Really thought I could make it two years without one…) I can’t explain why I was so anxious about it… perhaps the horror stories I’d heard from other teachers, perhaps the fact that my 7th period misbehaves chronically even…

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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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Jun 08 2011

The DRA…

Thank goodness I taught at a high school last summer, because the DRA seems crazy! Okay, not really crazy, but just complicated. Lots of bits and pieces to remember, lots of kids, lots of time. And I’m sure the logistics of testing and the system has been reworked over and over to be the most…

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May 29 2011

The Third Time’s a Charm…

Here I am, back at institute for the third summer in a row. I really enjoyed both of my previous institute experiences of being an operations coordinator, which solidified my intent to apply for and join the corps, and a first-year corps member, which solidified my intent never to come to institute again (see how…

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May 23 2011

The End of Days…

Well, the apocalypse came and went, and I’m still here, finishing out the school year, hanging on to my perfect attendance record, even though I would love to take a day off or two just to sort out my life… I need to prepare for institute! Shopping, packing, completing pre-work, the list goes on. There…

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May 05 2011

The [First] Final Stretch…

My algebra students took their end-of-course test on Tuesday. Naturally, I’m very interested in seeing the results. Several students told me they thought it was easy, but I don’t necessarily believe all of them. We shall see. ¬†One of my strongest students told me today that she didn’t finish, which really frustrated me, because the…

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