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Feb 09 2013

Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?

I recently read Gary Rubinstein’s post entitled: “The Silence of the (Sacrificial) Lambs” and immediately thought back to the classic Paula Cole hit, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” In the past month, his post has generated nearly 100 comments, many from defensive or offended corps members; some of the more insightful comments come from…

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Disclaimer: this has NOTHING to do with education. Unless you make the case that Blitzen would have received due justice had he been represented by the Reindeer’s Union (led by Reinde R. Wintergarden). It’s the story of Blitzen, Santa’s head reindeer. One day at the North Pole, Blitzen decides that he’s had enough of the…

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Apr 29 2012

Not All Speed is [a] Movement…

“In democratic countries, knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others” –Alexis de Tocqueville Originally, I was going to write about my final week of school before state testing begins, but I wanted to instead reflect on a great day…

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Jan 06 2012

Airplane Analogies

A random thought occurred to me as I sat there waiting for my connecting flight to depart from Atlanta over break: on a bad day, teaching is a lot like what I’d guess is the least favorite part of an airline attendants job: reading and modeling safety guidelines. Hear me out on this one. As…

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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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Dec 27 2011

Holiday Humor Time

Since I returned home for break on Christmas Eve, I’ve had the chance to talk with my family and truly relax doing the things I love. In such an intellectually restorative environment, I’ve generated a half dozen ideas for new stories to blog about. However, as I organize my various thoughts, here’s some holiday humor…

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Dec 11 2011

TFA’s Master Plan?

TFA, do better. In many ways I love TFA. I love its ideals and its mission resonates with me. If TFA wants to promote best practices and truly work towards attacking root causes of education inequity, then sign me up for the long haul. However, if TFA is in the business of turning public schools into alternative schools no one wants to teach at while incubating charters, I want no part of that movement. I want to help, but what am I helping?

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Dec 04 2011

Bring It On!?

I struggled to write this post because I’m feeling a bit ambivalent about my role within Teach For America…again. My blog so far has been fairly positive regarding my experience but I’m starting to feel like I’m sugarcoating a lot. I’ll reflect on this one day soon. In the meantime, coaching, teaching, mentoring, planning, testing, blahblahblah-ing. Bring it on, because I can handle it! I hope…

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Oct 15 2011

A Day Late and a Dallas Short

This is the hardest post to write thus far. Previously, I’ve felt inspired and optimistic, frustrated and angry, anxious and grateful. Currently, I’m just tired and contemplative…

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Between a leaky AC, a lack of resources, and an unruly classroom, two car accidents nearly drove me out of TFA last year. As my technology failed me last week, I felt nervous about slipping back into patterns of last year…

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Aug 02 2011

Why So, Second Year?

After a month of reflection in Maine, I’ve decided not to again make the mistake of ignoring my thoughts on teaching in the Delta. I can accept them, move on, and improve student achievement. It starts with this blog, “River Deep, Mountain High”

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