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Jun 04 2012

Would Mitt Romney Fire His Students? (WWRD?)

We know what Donald Trump would do. There’s been a lot in the news lately about Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s plan for improving education in America. Interestingly, he hasn’t really claimed any credit, to my knowledge, for Massachusetts regularly ranking as one of the Top Five states on various measures on student achievement and…

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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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Apr 11 2012

Unlocking Potential

In the interim before my next post, which is a response to Education Radio, I thought I’d share more uplifting news via TIME magazine. One of my life goals is to unlock the potential of those I encounter or work with; I felt this article written by Jon Schnur, co-founder of New Leaders and chairman…

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Feb 26 2012

Don’t Hate Me ‘Cause I’m TFA

Sometimes, I get tired of feeling like a TFApologist. I get tired of being called an elitist money-grubber who’s trying to pay off my student loans off the backs of poor children- c’mon now. At the same time, there are many teachers who may not fit my demographic but who are doing great things in…

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Feb 22 2012

A Double-Edged Sword

It’s nice to be reminded that I’m a competent individual; especially in light of the many challenges a teacher faces in a rural, low-income area. At the same time, I wish there wasn’t an inverse relationship between praise for the teacher and kudos for the kids. According to conventional wisdom (in some crowds) charter schools…

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Dec 31 2011

Resolving to Reconnect

I’m not the New Year’s resolution type, but in 2012, I want to revisit one of the reasons I started blogging on Teach For Us, which was to stay in touch with family, friends, and mentors from my life. Blogging has been very cathartic for me, as it relieves the pressure of having dozens of…

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Oct 22 2011

It’s So Hard To Find Good Help These Days

Wendy Kopp struck a nerve with me when she claimed TFA had been successful because it spent 20 years proving that poor, black children could learn. I’m sure (hoping…) that she meant something else by that, but a society that needs 20 years and millions of dollars to believe these children can learn has another thing coming to it. I want my students to get in the habit of asking good, scientific questions; and I’m not talking about: “would you like fries with that?”

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