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Mar 18 2011

Days that Make You Cry

Crying - as we all know from weddings (and funerals for some of us) – isn’t reserved for sad moments. In fact, some moments are really too sad to cry. I had one of each this week. First the sad: out of all the kids in my caseload, I really only have one with significant mental impairment. Everyone…

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[Caveat emptor: I am personally passionate about corps member development. In no way do I intend the post below to mean that CMs aren't a priority at institute. I'm simply encouraging a little kindness.] Probably the most uncommon knowledge about institute staff is that the operations coordinators are college students. During the agonizing summer of…

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Clearly I love a good oblique, incomprehensible reference. This post is about TFA 20th Anniversary Summit. Be patient; you have to get through the framing that occurs first. I’m not a teacher by trade. I wasn’t even an unemployed (-able) English major. My major is journalism. To me journalism is so much more than a…

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Feb 07 2011

Sans Bathroom Breaks

As a new teacher, I looked forward to test days. I remember being in dive bar in Philly during institute with a veteran teacher whose sole piece of advice was “give a test when you have a hang-over.” Test days have a reputation for being a bit of a break for the teacher. Instead of…

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Feb 03 2011

Always Be My Baby

I’ve always found Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” a little stalker-ish. (There are definitely other candidates but that’s a discussion for another day. Pop music continually walks the line before devotion and felony.) One of the lines states “Boy, don’t you know you can’t escape me?”  Put in prose, that line is more than…

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As my last post mentioned some time ago, I felt that my place wasn’t in the classroom for the long term. However, it seems to have become impossible to actually leave it. After a “vacation” of about two months, I found myself in the hallways of Amistad Academy waiting to teach a demo lesson for…

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Aug 10 2010

End of an Era

Mid-June, I finished my TFA commitment. Two years, three schools, two major illnesses, six roommates, 45 minutes in the car every morning, countless cups of coffee and hours of NPR all in pursuit of one commitment. Two staggering years of heartbreaking work.  And I got a certificate. Immediately, I moved to St. John’s for the New…

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These are answers from the fill-in-the-blank section of the vocabulary final exam. Keep in mind that they were working with a word bank but still… 1. I need more time by myself for mutation. 2. Getting a tattoo is altruism. You will always have it. 3. Your bedroom is neat, tidy and zany. I didn’t…

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Aug 04 2010

The Collected Wisdom of JRosenbloom

So I had a really wise coworker this summer at institute, and he had exactly the right word at the right time – truly a word fitly-spoken. I’ll update the blogworld on institute when I’ve had some time to process it but for now a couple of thoughts courtesy of Jonas: – Uncertainty is the…

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May 13 2010

Somewhat Unbelievable

My students don’t care about the achievement gap. I find this hard to believe that my minority students do not care that other minority students (and even they) are not succeeding. I find it impossible, in fact, to understand. The achievement gap is boring, I was told.

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