Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 04 2011

Back In Action

I stopped blogging after my first month in the classroom.
I’m going into Year 3 in my placement school- and I think it’s time to start up again.
I am going to try to write a daily blog about classroom moments- as a way to capture memories, but also as a way to self-reflect on what is going on in my classroom.

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Oct 01 2009

Don’t know What I’m going to Do

Time to vent I am failing my kids.  But I can get better. It is going to take a tremendous amount of effort on my part, and I don’t know where to find that energy. I know that I have to. I feel like I’m picking up paychecks for doing nothing. I want to make…

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Sep 08 2009

Inventory: What is Working and What is Not

INTUITIVE THREADS TO FOLLOW: (What is Working) Students are aware of their grades. Start having more accountability. Students LIKE when I write back to them about what they wrote (they show each other) Long silences are more effective with Lakota students than raising voice/taking away    privileges (and truer to my philosophy). Differentiation WORKS:  Annabelle excited…

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Sep 04 2009

In the Cards

It matters not how straight the gate how charged with punishments the scroll I am the master of my Fate I am the captain of my soul. “Invictus ”   William Ernest Henly That said, I got a message from the 10 of Swords tonight: which was oddly inspiring: “that man in the Ten of Swords…

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Sep 04 2009

What A Rollercoaster

Teaching writing… and my first blog post uses a cliche     These weeks are such a series of ups and downs!  My love for my kids is unconditional, thankfully… but keeping up my belief in myself is definitely a daily challenge.  I love the spirit of my students, but I’m not very good at…

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