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Jan 28 2014

Fault

When I joined TFA and began teaching last summer, I accepted that this would be a difficult adventure. Teaching itself is terribly tough for any first year, let alone someone who has only recently begun to learn how. I knew I would struggle with classroom management. I understood that many of my students come from experiences and homes that I could never dream of. I also realized I would most likely face a lack of motivation from at least some of my students. But I didn’t realize that lack of motivation would be entirely my fault.
I hear stories from other corps members about their students who return home to their colonias and try to do their homework by candlelight because they don’t have electricity. I know I have a couple students myself who head home each day to take care of their siblings while their parents are at work. But…

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Oct 05 2013

Technological Impediment

About two months ago I attended a district-wide assembly of teachers and staff. The assembly was to boost morale and get everyone pumped for the new year, as well as show off some of the “great things” happening in our district. One of these “greats” is a technology project that gives every student the opportunity…

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Sep 22 2013

The Other End of the Spectrum

We spend a lot of time with TFA discussing minorities and their role in the organization. A post just came out last week stating that 14% of TFA’s corps members this year are African American, a 7% growth since last year. In my affinity group discussion yesterday, we talked some about this. When I was…

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Aug 04 2013

Back in the Game

It’s that time again! I feel like I’ve been away for so long, but in reality it’s only been two weeks since I left Houston Institute. The past couple weeks have been crammed full of some last visits with friends (after all, the Valley is pretty isolated from the rest of Texas and who knows…

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I did it. I survived Houston Institute and I am cheerfully enjoying a few days in Austin before heading to the Valley to continue with certification sessions. After taking a couple days to decompress from the stress that was Institute, and after catching up on many of the posts going around about TFA and the…

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Jul 09 2013

Final Two

It’s hard to believe I’m already in my final two weeks of Institute. Even while the days seem to pass so slowly, it seems like the weeks have flown by. I’m feeling pretty great about my class. So many of my students have been improving, and I really do think a good bunch of them…

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Jul 02 2013

100% Goals

In my classroom, and the other four English 1 classrooms at my Institute school, we have a goal. That goal, part of our big vision, is for 100% of our students to pass summer school. (It’s not our only goal, but it is one of the main ones!) To keep our kids invested in this…

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Jul 01 2013

Back On Track

After last Thursday’s dramatic class, I was nervous to head back to school this morning. I like to think I did a good job of acting like I was calm and confident, but inside I was terrified my class would come back just as rambunctious as when they left before the weekend. Luckily, things seem…

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Jun 28 2013

On the Inevitable Breakdown…in class.

Before heading to Institute my head was filled with horror stories about overwhelming workloads, little sleep and nightly tears. I wasn’t too worried, having survived college with the “procrastinate and then stay up all night studying” method for nearly all my exams and papers. I’m not much of a crier, and typically am able to…

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Jun 28 2013

Playing Catch-Up Again

I had planned on actually writing posts during the week, but sleep took a bigger priority. This was my first week in the classroom, and it was full of ups and downs. I will be writing a day-by-day post this afternoon, after I get out of this CS session (shh, don’t tell my CS that…

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