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May 31 2012

Confidence Is Key

Perhaps the biggest challenge for incoming corps members to overcome is finding a balance between humility and self-confidence. Recognizing the limits of one’s teaching knowledge and knowing when to ask for help can make or break one’s first year. TFA recruits are generally good at what they do and have a more extensive history of…

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May 22 2012

Paid My Dues

It’s official! I’ve paid my dues! No, this is not my obligatory end-of-the-year post… that comes later. I’m just excited that I finally paid off my Teach For America loan. Right on time too with two days of school left! In my opinion, the TFA criticism that irritates me most is the assumption that corps…

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May 01 2012

This Is (Not) A Test!

Mariah Carey once sang, “if it’s over, please let me know” and I share her sentiments today. My 125 students took the 8th Grade Mississippi State Science today. It is a 60-question, multiple-choice exam consisting of questions from 30 objectives spanning Inquiry (Scientific Methods), Earth and Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Since this…

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Mar 25 2012

I’m Tired Of Playing (Hunger) Games

Back in the summer before 7th Grade, I had just finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book #4) when the first movie was set to come out. Personally, I was irritated because I had been made fun of for reading the series but by the time the movies came out, all of…

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Feb 19 2012

“Students First” or First, Students?

“Mr. Britt, why’d you go to Harvard only to come deal with these disrespectful kids? You don’t get paid enough to deal with this, right?” – 14 year old female student Recently, I read an article in the Washington Post and it killed me! Reform leaders and public officials are STILL caught up in debates…

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