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This time last year, I was preparing to take my state teaching exams (LAST and CST) and head off to Institute to begin my life as a teacher. Never in a million years did I see this year playing out the way it did, or imagine that come June 2012, I would pretty much be…

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Here are some photos of the bulletin board my co-teachers and I made for our students this summer. The whole thing was actually even better: as part of our theme, every student had a car that was used for attendance, but also represented the rewards they were getting for putting in strong effort in the…

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And by “excerpt,” I mean the majority of the e-mail. After writing it, I realised it’s pretty much everything I would want to tell people to give them an overview of where I am right now. I’ll be working in the South Bronx, in a largely Hispanic and African immigrant community. I’m really excited about…

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Jul 12 2011

On a more positive note…

Just a few things that aren’t so bad… I used the copy center for the first time today… AWESOME! And this is the second night in a row that I’m going to be in bed before midnight! Also, today was TFA Day. It was a nice gesture, but sort of pointless really. Instead of having…

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Jul 12 2011

Another one bites the dust

People have been dropping like flies. I don’t mean in a sickness kind of way (that would be me you hear sneezing and coughing and almost dying, but I’m still here), I mean in an “I quit!” kind of way. It was a total shock when people started leaving well before we ever entered the…

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That’s what I keep thinking to myself. The pain that I get in my stomach every time I go into the dining hall, the lack of sleep, the weird water, and everything that comes with these things, are all worth it if my teaching means that even one of my students gets to move on…

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Jun 30 2011

I went to school today

And oh my goodness, it was amazing! It’s a beautiful school, much better than I could ever have hoped for. Setting up the classroom to work as parallel teachers in a collab of four was incredibly difficult, but it was still amazing. Not everything today was amazing; in fact, pretty much everything but getting my…

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Jun 30 2011

What is…

…it like for all you normal people to get to sleep, and eat, and just generally live life? Because I forget. Institute so far goes something like: wake up, kind of eat, collect your miniscule lunch and head off to your first lesson of the day by 7 am. If you’re lucky, it won’t be…

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