"And I said, Here am I, send me."

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

I have officially finished my first year of teaching in urban education. Am I tired? Absolutely. Am I glad that I am going to be getting a little bit of time to myself? Absolutely. But the absolute, most beautiful part of the year being over is watching how my relationship with my students HASN’T ended.…

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May 14 2012

It’s almost over.

I can’t believe in 6 and 1/2 days I will be done with my first year of teaching. I feel like I have wondered/longed/feared/doubted/anxiously awaited this day. Pretty much any adjective you can put in is how I feel. There is still a lot that has to be done. Involving and not involving my students.…

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Apr 22 2012

Ignorance and College

Funny because these two words seem to clash. State testing is over with as of last Thursday. As I walked around to monitor I felt both joy and disappointment. Not so much in my kids as myself. I was able to watch them work through and solve problems that we have spent countless hours on.…

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Apr 10 2012

Today was a wonderful day.

This is short and sweet. But I just felt like the world needed to know that if everyday was like today at school, I think I would seriously considering staying post-my commitment. My kids followed directions. Learned. Went TO multiple centers. Talked at a level that is appropriate. Took risks in class. Had barely ANY…

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Why this past week was abnormal… 1.) I only had 3 days of school this week. 1 day off for Good Friday, then I took an unexpected personal day on Tuesday. Note: my personal day was not at all because I felt like I needed  a break from my kids. And honestly, it was so…

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Mar 29 2012

Young Life Leader at Heart

This title describes exactly who I am. And it is also the main reason it makes teaching a hard job for me. My heart is meant to form relationships and love others. As a Young Life Leader, my main role was to hang out with kids and help them in whatever way they needed. As…

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Mar 03 2012

The Safest Place

Yesterday was the first time since my commitment that I realized, for some of my kids, school truly is the safest place to be for them. I always heard it from a lot of people and I think I just chose to agree with the statement, then move on with my life. I also learned…

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Feb 08 2012

I.want.more.time.

The district (math department) has started figuring themselves out in some serious ways this semester. I spoke a little about this a few posts ago. But for the 5 strands of the MAP they have finally grouped our targets together to help us put them into units. They also are providing pre and post-tests for…

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Jan 29 2012

“Thank you for believing in me”

I found out right after school on Friday that the 6th grade long term sub is over the behaviors and doesn’t want her own class anymore. She’s been a very loyal sub, I was nervous for this day to come. However, when she spoke with my principal, I guess there was a conversation held that…

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Jan 24 2012

A second wind…with a grain of salt.

Guess what I learned to do at PSAT on Saturday? Saturday as in, January 21, 2012. Saturday as in, week after 3 quarter has started. How to long term plan. No but legitimately. A fellow corps member who somehow figured it out on his own took time to show me. And now everything makes sense,…

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