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Jun 24 2010

I cried last night, FTK

I experienced one of the requisite TFA rites of passage last night: the INSTITUTE MELTDOWN. I cried last night. Yup, it was a lesson planning night. Lesson plans are due twice a week here, on Tuesday & Thursday mornings, so Monday & Wednesday nights are just all sorts of stress. Annnnd Tues/Thurs are just all…

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Jun 20 2010

Sweating and Swatting in the ?

The Delta is a different kind of place and I really agree that it is the most Southern place on earth. At least, it’s the most Southern place I’ve ever been. It’s a surprising place too, full of history and idiosyncrasy. While I don’t think I could serve here for two years, I’m very happy…

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Jun 20 2010


For the kids. Over the next 5 weeks, I’m gonna learn a lot, For the kids. Over the next five weeks, I’m going to stay up late: creating lessons, management plans and assessments, For the kids. Over the next five weeks, I’m going to set my alarm at 4:45am and walk through pre-dawn light so…

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Jun 11 2010

Induction Debrief

Be confident. Work hard. 24/7. Have fun. Be honest with yourself. Be nice. Stay close to your students. Reflect daily. Use data, not your feelings. Focus on the achievement gap. Tackle it. Work as part of a team. Invest in students and parents. Be humble. Learn. Remember that you’re a change agent. These were just…

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Jun 02 2010

Are you our Sub?

I’ve been sort of frantic the last few days, preparing for my impending move some 1,200 miles across the country. Packing becomes the easy part when I look at the tall stack of TFA pre-institute materials and Praxis study guides that I should probably be focusing even more of my time & energy on. I’ve…

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May 05 2010

What Teachers Make

“What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali

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“She felt her stomach jump again at the thought of having her own students… She just couldn’t believe that a few months after graduation, she would be responsible for real children.” -Aurora, in The Ms. Lora Story I’ve been cooking this post for a while now. During the TFA final interview, we each needed to…

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Apr 26 2010

Proud & Eager

My TFA acceptance has buoyed me for the past week. I am so proud to be an incoming corps member (CM) and so eager to teach science, especially in South Louisiana/SLA. I had a call with my region’s Program Coordinator shortly after I committed last week and she sounded so positive. I also attended a…

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Apr 20 2010

TFA Acceptance!

“I am dedicated to the vision that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. I commit two years to Teach For America and to the school in which I am placed.” I am very pleased to join the 2010 Teach for America Corps in South Louisiana…

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