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Feb 10 2011

College for all?

In my perusing of education news this weekend, I came across an article (of course now I can’t remember where!) about a new study by Harvard that questions whether we should be preparing all students for college.  Teach for America, of course, trains its corps members to invest their students in college from elementary school up.  On the other hand, many (ignorant, in my opinion) people advocate for  more vocational training in the schools that TFA corps members work in.
I think my philosophy degree has made me decidedly less opinionated, if only because I am more open-minded; but let me say where I come down on this issue…
We are never going to live in a world where “college for all” is feasible.  Not everyone has the interest, the resources, or the incentive to go to college.  There is an abundance of occupations still existing in this country that do not require…

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Jan 26 2011


Amidst the pressure that is mounting as the FCAT is looming, I’ve had absolutely NO time to think about blogging.  This little tidbit, however, was too good to file away in my memory box in hopes that it would be written about later… In September, which seems like years ago at this point, I very…

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Nov 29 2010

Copy and paste.

Since I rarely have the energy to write, I’m going to copy and paste below part of an email I just sent to some friends from home.  It got a little preachy, but I think it contains some important thoughts… Also, congrats to the new 2011 corps members!  You just signed up for the ride of…

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Oct 16 2010


When I returned from my short visit home, October was in full-swing.  October…  October is the month we were warned about through all of our TFA training.  I think even outside the TFA bubble October is a rough month for new teachers and veteran teachers alike.  If you can make it through October, you can…

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Oct 04 2010

On going home.

On Friday night of this past week, while most of my colleagues headed to what turned out to be our varsity football team’s first big win in the district, I boarded a plane to Baltimore and headed home for the first time since June.  The occasion was Homecoming at my college and a chance to…

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Sep 20 2010

There’s no training for this.

Well, we had our first student death of the year today. Teachers were alerted during 6th block this morning via an announcement by the principal asking all faculty to check their email immediately.  The email simply said that the student was found dead yesterday, that there were no other details at this time, that we…

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Sep 12 2010

Wait, I’m a teacher now?

It’s hard to fathom that I’ve been a teacher now for three weeks.  Going into Labor Day weekend, I felt good.  I was exhausted, physically and emotionally, but I had made it through two weeks without any major incidents and I felt good about what I was doing and the relationships I was building with…

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Aug 30 2010

How time flies…

Well, here we are, almost into September.  It feels like Institute ended an entire lifetime ago, and here I am suddenly in Jacksonville with 150 students of my own.  I have been a teacher for a week.  I have risen each day while the world is still dark and watched the sunrise from my classroom…

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Jul 03 2010

Lots of Questions, No Answers

On Friday, as a storm raged outside (courtesy of Hurricane Alex) and water flooded slowly into our CMA group work trailer, myself and the other CMs in my group were reflecting on the results of the midterm assessments we gave our students this past week.  I won’t say that we all had terrible results, but…

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(I actually wrote this post a couple days ago, but somehow it was never published.) Okay, let’s ignore the fact that I just made a Timbaland/Katy Perry reference and get to the “why.”  (Because in TFA we never teach anything without first telling our kids the “why.”) As I talk to people at home about…

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