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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 01 2013

I finally felt like my students.

Today I went golfing for the first time with a coworker. He’s also a TFA teacher and we’ve been close since we started the program (has it really only been a year?). I’ve never been golfing and I didn’t even know what to wear so I had to ask. I then verified my choice my asking him what, exactly, he would be wearing. He picked me up and I was fidgeting in the car with my collared shirt and visor. We drove up and I felt immediately out of place. In my head, there were going to be dividers at the driving range but instead it was an open strip of turf where well dressed people were lined up hitting. I started to squirm.
People were going to see me struggle. I was intimidated. Admittedly, I suffer from anxiety and trying new things can be really stressful for me but I…

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Jun 26 2013

I can’t stop.

This past year was the most challenging of my life. It’s ridiculous how generic and yet all encompassing that sentence is. From my father’s lung transplant during Institute to the wild behavior and pure contempt I handled on a daily basis in the classroom (what’s up, sixth period!) I never really had a second to…

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Alright, we all know we’re doing a different job. We have a different call to action. Sustainability and longevity aren’t necessarily at the forefront of our methods. I get that. I know that i’m trying to mentor, love, push, and teach these children in a way that is different (in a hopefully good way) but I’m struggling…

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Jun 18 2013

The Great Paper Debate

Well, I certainty started this blog with intentions of regular update that were fostered by my own habit of scouring the web for more information about the possibilities of this experience before I, well, experienced it. Oops. Failed that endeavor. I’m now officially a second year TFA corps member and I have found that something (or a…

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I’m a problem-solver. I pride myself on my ability to dive into a situation and work toward a solution. I don’t really get emotional when I know there’s work to do. Sure, I get overwhelmed or tired. I get stressed. But I don’t usually get emotional. Teach for America promised me new experiences and they’ve…

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Jun 03 2012

I believe I can fly

Induction is nearly over. I’ll be waking up in a few short hours to drive from South Carolina to Georgia Tech. It’s amaing that so many people from so many backgrounds have come together for a common vision. Albeit, my experience will be different as I will arrive late in an effort to spend time with…

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May 18 2012

Hiccups and Blessings

The buzzing of the vending machines is soothing my busy mind. I’m crouched by the on-call room because it’s cooler than the ICU waiting room and, frankly, it’s unsettling being around the surge of emotion contained in that room. Thankfully, I am actually celebrating my time here at Emory Hospital. My father finally had his…

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Feb 02 2012

I teach.

I teach!   I’m strongly considering using the note card confession trend as an introduction during the first week or so. Click the link for a video my colleagues created. I cant figure out how to embed the video here.

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Is this thing on?   I’ve been reading a bunch of TFA statistics, other blogs on teachforus, and their experiences  during their first two years but I’m pretty curious about life after your first two years.  Ideally, I want to be a teacher for a substantial portion of my life. How do I best accomplish this? What else…

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Dec 09 2011

Are we there yet?

Once again, I’m stumbling around the internet searching for drops of information that might paint a clearer picture of what my life might consist of during the next two years. I can’t seem to contain myself. I’m daydreaming about June, i’m fantasizing about August and i’m living for May. Frankly, it’s annoying to combat the…

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