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I’ve had this post on deck for some time now, because I didn’t want to offend anyone. However, now that I am managing corps members of my own, there are certain strategies that I’ve incorporated from my time with TFA. During my two corps years, I often heard my peers complain about the uniform, inauthentic…

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May 10 2012

Testing 1, 2, 3!

Our state testing cycle, the MCT2 (Mississippi Curriculum Test 2nd Edition), is officially over! Not including the test for my class, the 60-question 8th grade science test taken last week, these three multiple-choice tests consisted of 43 language questions, 40 writing questions, and 60 math questions. Unsurprisingly, students struggle most with long reading passages; at…

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Feb 01 2012

Hold Hands Not Grudges?

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”  ~Author Unknown This post will be short- almost as short as my temper was when I discovered that my new phone had been “lost” by my local FedEx two weeks ago. Basically, I was finishing up a great week shortened due to the…

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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 29 2011

Since When Can You Read?

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” –James Baldwin I have been home on break for almost a week now, and while I’ve enjoyed being away from the at times depressing Delta, I have also been reminded of why I joined Teach For…

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Oct 16 2011

Teach Different: iTeach Therefore iAm

Think Different. Teach Different. What if education reform had a Steve Jobs? No Child Left Behind has had almost as much tenure as Jobs’ second run as CEO and yet Apple has blossomed while public education has floundered. What’s the difference? More importantly, how can education reformers truly “think different” à la Apple? “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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