Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jan 15 2012

Why I Teach for America?

As mid-year approaches, I can think of all the things that I would like to change. I think about all the kids that I have not reached or I have not taught enough. I recently read my letter of intent of why I want to teach of America. There are a million reasons why I do not Teach for America.
I do not Teach for America for the following reasons.

To complete meaningless paperwork which my school district finds effective to help “student achievement”.
To watch one selfish student steal from me (even if it is just candy from my prize closet)
To be micro-managed by co-workers
So I can listen to principals power trip during an after school meeting
To teach to a program that is generic and scripted which makes kids HATE reading
To yell over a room-full of hormonal teen-agers
To have to force one of my students to sit at the teacher’s desk because…

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Sep 24 2011

How did you get here?

First, I must apologize for my lack of blogging.  It was on my to-do list for quite some time, but it had not made it to the top of the list until today… So to catch you up, I have been teaching 7th grade language arts for 4 weeks now.  It has been the hardest,…

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Aug 12 2011

An end brings a new beginning…

First, I apologize for my lazy blogging.  There are no reason for excuses, so I will try to catch you up on the past 4 weeks. Institute finished up in Cleveland, Mississippi with a BANG!  It was one of the best weeks of my life.  My students did relatively well on their end of summer…

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Jul 10 2011

5 days to reach our goal

It seems that I have not been blogging as regularly as I would like, so I will try to wrap up the last 4 weeks in a short amount of time. I arrived in Cleveland Mississippi only 4 weeks ago.  Cleveland is a town about the size of some most small towns in PA, but…

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Jun 08 2011

Remember why…

Today was my first challenging day (of many to follow I am sure) on my TFA journey.  I was full of mixed emotions all day, and at times, I struggled with what I was bringing to the table when I was surrounded with so many talented young people. This post will investigate what I have…

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May 24 2011

22 year old in a catch 22

So, today starts my last official week as a resident of PA.  This is very surreal to someone who has lived in the same house in the same town for her entire life.  Twenty two years is a long time to live anywhere and in a mere week, I am supposed to pick up and…

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Feb 16 2011

The Excitement Dwindles

After nearly 4 weeks since I got the exciting news, that I was accepted to the 2011 corps, the excitement is beginning to wear off. Although I am still enthused about the upcoming opportunity, my main emotion is now to be simply overwhelmed. There are a million things to worry about. First, the PRAXIS tests.…

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