Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 24 2011

what i teach.

If I knew then (i.e., this summer, before unit planning) what I know now (haaaa), I would have planned a little differently. My first lessons wouldn’t be characterization and setting and topic sentences and inferences and transitions, as they were. Instead I would have carefully crafted a unit one plan consisting wholly of life skills…

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Aug 09 2011

post-first-week insanity

It’s the beginning of the second week of school and I just ate the second to last juice bar in the box (which I bought yesterday) and realized I couldn’t put off blogging any more. Every day I come home with about eight trillion things I want to write/scream/cry/laugh/punch a wall about and somewhere between…

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Jul 07 2011

lots of stuff.

Yesterday a nationally-recognized dust storm swept through Phoenix and then less than 6 hours later (at 5:50 am, mind you) the fire alarm in my dorm went off. Two unrelated events that fit perfectly into the theme of my time here thus far: hella chaotic, slightly illogical and altogether almost laughably challenging. I read a…

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Jun 29 2011


This morning, we asked our students to finish this sentence: “I like being a scholar because…” We’ve been talkingĀ  a lot in our classroom about what it means to be a scholar on the most basic level (i.e. follow the rules) and the higher levels (i.e. solve complicated equations, read long books, graduate from college…

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Jun 24 2011

always does.

Before I explain why exactly I wanted to grab one of my seventh-graders by the shoulders and shake him all before 9 am today, I’ll fill you in on some logistics of my summer school classroom. Here are the basics (we’re learning to write summaries next week, soooo I’ll fill you in on some key…

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Jun 17 2011


[excuse the lack of capitalization. i'm about to get realllll poetic, you know?] but anyway. i’ve been thinking a lot about numbers lately. examples: 5:39. when my alarm goes off. 5:46. when i get out of bed. 350. number of students attending conchos elemetary summer school. 21. number of students in room 21, the 7th…

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Jun 15 2011

super tuesday

Welp, I haven’t written in ages so I’m going to forget a lot/sound ridiculous/write in fragmented sentences (it took me five minutes to type that word) because it’s late (10:46 pm..amazing how perception changes) and…it’s Super Tuesday. Someone referred to today (Tuesday, duh), aka the second day of Institute (which is where I’m at right…

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Jun 06 2011

from the flatlands

So I know this blog is supposed to be about my experiences teaching, but the truth is, I don’t feel like a teacher at all (pre-training, obviously) and probably won’t till Thanksgiving at least. So here is the obligatory travel story, which I’m writing because I know you all (y’all! ha!) are just absolutely biting…

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May 23 2011


It’s 2:30 pm and I’m still in my pajamas, which is probably neither a good sign nor an appropriate way to introduce myself to the world of TFA blogging (first impressions, you know?) BUT is nonetheless true. You may be wondering why, and the answer is…I don’t have a good answer. I’ve been thinking a…

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