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Aug 07 2012

New Placement!

So, I haven’t been posting about my placement process (which has finally worked out) because I didn’t want to jinx it before everything was finalized. With the help of TFA, I have secured a new placement for my second year at an amazing program. I will be teaching an Early Learn/Head Start class in a bilingual district…

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Jun 22 2012

That Moment When…

Today I gave a demo lesson at an amazing school in an amazing classroom. If I get the job, I will be really happy. It’s an amazing school, amazing program, and amazing organization. I am a candidate for a Pre-K position within the school network. I was actually lucky, and got to give the demo…

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Ok… I understand, and support, the idea that teachers need to be self reflective to be successful and effective. I’m all for it. But seriously? Do I really have to tell my professors about everything that’s ever happened to me in 8 pages of short essays? Especially since I would really rather that this professor…

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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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Apr 27 2012

Lesson Planning

During TFA Institute, I hated the process we went through for lesson planning. At the beginning, someone tried to insist that this was the way we would lesson plan during the year, and so it was a worthy skill to develop in this way. Ultimately however, my CMA agreed that it was unlikely we would plan in this…

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Apr 05 2012

Moving Forward

Well, I got myself a job! I have been offered (and will be accepting in the morning) a position as a Lead Pre-K teacher at an ACS center run by the YWCA here in NYC. It’s a great school, great position, and a lot of benefits and guarantees that were not there in my last…

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Mar 30 2012

Down, but not Out (Yet…)

Well, it’s been almost two months now that I have been jobless and let me tell you, it does not feel like a vacation. I work a variety of odd jobs- I set up the new e-mail system for my synagogue, I babysit, and I tutor. The only thing that’s even remotely regular is the…

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Mar 14 2012

Social tools for educators

A new social tool has been released recently called Pinterest- you’ve probably heard of it. It is a tool that allows users to set up different boards for their various interests, and “pin” to them, the way a person might pin to a cork board or an idea board in a physical space. They have…

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Mar 13 2012

On killing the boredom:

Well it’s been a month, and I am no closer to having a job than I was the day I was let off. I have however successfully created a situation in which I can observe, volunteer and substitute in an effort to maintain, improve and reflect on my practice. Fortunately my placement region is where…

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Wendy Kopp was on campus Thursday as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education\’s Askwith Forum series. She gave brief remarks about TFA before several via Wendy Kopp Visits HGSE: Has TFA’s Philosophy Shifted?.

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Feb 24 2012

Moving Forward

As of yesterday, TFA sent out my resume to three separate charter networks in the city that have open mid-term and long-term positions. I have heard from two of the three already, and have phone interviews set up for early next week. Although my ideal situation would have been to have found a student teaching…

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Feb 12 2012

Saying Goodbye

On Thursday afternoon, I went back to my classroom to get my stuff, and it was honestly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I knew it would be a bad idea to go in the morning, because I would either mess up the day (UPK time) for their new teacher, or I would create a…

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Feb 08 2012

Too Much Time

Not having a job has given me way too much time… Oh, did I not mention? As of this past Friday, I am no longer employed. It’s complicated and I’m still not clear on exactly why, but that’s that. I miss my kids so much already, although I’m not worried at all about their new…

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Jan 30 2012

This sinking feeling

It is difficult for me to write on a regular basis for any number of reasons. As a teacher at a year-round, extended day (6:30am-6:00pm) school, and a part-time Master’s student, I have very little time for the things I need to get done, let alone the things I want to get done. On top…

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Dec 21 2011

Time to Think

I’ve been super sick for the last few days, and my time languishing in bed has given me a lot of time to think. One of the first things that I thought of, and then worried about, was how I’m pretty sure that somewhere in my contract with my school it says that if I’m…

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Dec 03 2011

This Job is Killing Me

I haven’t written in forever, and that’s basically because I have no idea what time is… Between being constantly observed by one party or another, revamping my classroom so the DOE is happy(er), dealing with combining two very different curricula every week for my lesson plans, going to PD, and giving two separate assessments to…

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Nov 05 2011

Professional Development

Yesterday, for maybe the first time since Institute ended, I feel like I learned something really valuable during a PD session. Honestly, it might be the first time since the middle of Institute. I have been frustrated by the way my PD has been going. Nothing during the TFA required week of PD after institute…

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Oct 24 2011

Today was better…

EXCEPT FOR THE PART WHERE MY M,TLD TRIED TO SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED FOR AN OBSERVATION! Today was my 6th day in the classroom, and things are hardly where I might want them to be… My M,TLD told me last week that she was going to contact me this week about when a good time for…

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Oct 22 2011

I survived week one?

The question is because it’s something of a shock, really. While I’ve been “teaching” since late September, I only got my own classroom on Monday. I’m back at the second school I was placed at, since the third didn’t have a classroom for me and I was acting as a floater. In some ways, it’s…

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Oct 14 2011

New Day, New School

This week has been crazy. I’ve been in four different classes, I’ve been bitten, thrown up on, sent home early, made to stay late. I’ve had my commute take 10 times longer than it should. And yesterday, I was told that today I will be going to a different school to (hopefully) get my own…

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Oct 02 2011

Books to Trade?

When I do get into my own classroom, I want my class to have the best library a 3/4-year-old has every seen! I’ve been rummaging around and gathering all of my old books, but I’m still looking for more! I have a lot of books that would be good for elementary and middle school classrooms…

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Oct 02 2011

A Little Bit of Background

This week I finally got into a classroom, YAY! Of course, because these things can never be easy, there is trouble brewing. I haven’t been writing much (practically at all) because there’s been very little to say. I got hired, and then things sort of fell out of place. I’ve been hired by a network…

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Sep 15 2011

A Little iPad Help?

As you may know, Apple donated iPads to all current Teach For America Corps Members… pretty amazing, I know! I’m really excited to pick mine up on Sunday and play around with it. However, while I can think of about a million Apps I’ll immediately want to download for my own personal enjoyment, I don’t…

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Sep 12 2011

September 11- 10 years on

This weekend is the first time I’ve felt a tinge of relief that I am not yet in the classroom. I will be teaching 3 and 4 year-olds. How do you explain to small children who have only ever known what it is to live in this post-9/11 world how their city, their country, their…

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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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