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Sep 25 2012

by the numbers.

This year, I’m teaching 1st grade at a charter school that has taken over PreK – 3rd grade at the lowest performing elementary school in Tennessee.

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Aug 24 2012


1. The power went out right after breakfast, and naturally everyone had an “emergency”, so my co-teacher took students to the bathroom with a flashlight while I taught.

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Jun 12 2012

making year 2 matter.

I’m rewriting my vision and classroom over the summer, and I’d love some input from veteran TFAers about resources.

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I broke a lot of promises this year.

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Feb 05 2012

too small to overcome

There’s really no ┬áreason for my silence over the past two months, except that I haven’t been proud of what has happened in my classroom since Christmas break.

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Dec 20 2011

we’re not alone.

I think one of the hardest things about teaching is feeling like I am alone.

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Dear Adonis Thomas and Santa, Thank you.

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We’re talking about weather in science. “Miss M, how come you can draw such good raindrops?” – DS “It’s cause she went to college!” – MC

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Nov 16 2011

i will be a hummingbird.

I will do the best I can. Mantra for the week. The month. The year. Fantastic conference this week, but I’m too tired to write it all up. But after a brutal week, I feel reenergized and excited to get back to school tomorrow. I’ve spent the last several days re-prioritizing some things in my…

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Oct 29 2011

new school.

My new school is tough.

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Oct 13 2011

“when teaching gets hard.”

Today was the day I had to pull out the note that I wrote myself when I got in to Teach For America to remind myself why I am doing this.

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Sep 18 2011

“surplus” means extra.

And in teaching it means you have to leave.

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Sep 11 2011

some days i love teaching.

…and some days I don’t.

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Aug 25 2011

we grows up to be bums.

D: Hey, y’all need to be quiet so we can learn. ‘Cause if we don’t learn to read we grows up to bums who gotta eat outta the garbage can. We gotta eat outta the garbage can with the rats and be alone.

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Aug 20 2011

week one.

A quick story from my first full week with kindergarteners:

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Jul 25 2011


So, all that stuff about 4th grade and literacy and all those investment plans I read and books I bought? I’m teaching kindergarten. Oh my.

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This is why I teach: 1. “I”, who reads on a DRA 4 and has already repeated 2nd grade once, learning to blend sounds and raising her DRA fluency and comprehension scores by 11 points.

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Jun 29 2011

not laziness.

I always thought people who didn’t update during Institute were lazy.

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May 03 2011

we are alabama.

Safe to say my life has changed drastically since I last posted. Was it really less than a week ago? I am – or rather, was – a senior at The University of Alabama.

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Apr 27 2011

true grit.

I came to college as a broadcast journalism major – I wanted to be a sports reporter. I remember walking up the stairs of our communications building as a freshman and thinking, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.”

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Mar 21 2011


Right now, Mondays are dedicated to teaching.

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Mar 12 2011

welcome to the fourth grade

I’m going to be a teacher. The offer came from Memphis City Schools today, and I’ll start working on my paperwork next week.

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Jan 15 2011


I guess this is the beginning of a lot of new things…

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