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The very real statement from Angela Bryant, North Carolina State Senator, speaking to us at our district’s convocation today. To backtrack – I teach in a very rural county in North Carolina. Today was our first teacher workday and it ended with a big Convocation for all of the schools in the county. Somehow, we…

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Aug 01 2013

Summer musings…

I’ve been spending the last few days pouring over online resources for my classroom. Basically everything and anything that could help me at all this year. I happened upon an article about parental involvement, and one of the ideas listed was how a Principal from a school in Philly used Edmodo to set up a…

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Jul 29 2013

Am I a Scab?

Well, there’s a question I never in a million years thought I would have to ask myself. Yet, it’s the question that has been keeping me up at night and made me come back to blogging about my TFA experiences after over a year away. So, am I? Am I a scab? A union breaker?…

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Mar 26 2012


Our first round of early placement interviewing starts this week. ENC has two rounds of phone/skype interviews before induction, a full day of interviewing before we leave for Institute, and then more phone/skype interviews during Institute if we haven’t been placed yet. I have three interviews this week, all with middle schools. When I was…

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Mar 21 2012

Pre Institute work?

With the beautiful, summer like weather we’ve been having recently in Jersey, it’s really beginning to feel like the semester is winding down. Midterms are over, spring break has past, and there are 7 short weeks until the final exam of my undergraduate career. Which means I’ve been thinking about TFA a lot more. I…

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Just a quick post on something I’ve been lamenting on for a while, but was just really brought to light by a friend of mine yesterday. It’s about keeping the balance between TFA and whatever else is going on in your life (school, family, friends, health, etc). As a 2012 CM, I haven’t really begun…

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Mar 04 2012

Keeping up with research

As midterms begin and sprin break is only a few (extremely long) days away, the reality is hitting that I’ll be out of here soon and finally on to a new chapter of my life. ENC just had a conference call on placement, and our first round of interviews start the last week of March.…

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Feb 21 2012

Praxis reflections

I have finally gotten my score reports for both the Middle School Math (0069) and Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications (5015). For Math, I passed with flying colors for both NJ and NC (which is significantly lower than Jersey). I wasn’t worried about that one at all, because I’ve been a math tutor on…

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Feb 13 2012


I feel like that’s all I’m doing right now. Waiting for spring break, waiting for this semester to end, waiting for graduation, waiting to move down to NC, waiting for head out to Tulsa…waiting, waiting, waiting. I’m also STILL waiting for my Praxis scores. I took them about 3 and 4 weeks ago, but because…

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Feb 06 2012

97 days

There are 97 days until I walk across a stage and receive my diploma. Actually, I believe I’ll stand up in our football stadium with the other 7,000+ students who are graduating and have my diploma mailed to me later. That’s typically how it goes at larger schools. But, whatever, the point remains the same.…

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Jan 06 2012

3 Observations down!

I took full advantage of my only full week at my parents house to get in some classroom observations. My mom’s principal got me board approval to come observe in their middle school. I was supposed to go in for a day or two before break, but a massive stomach virus epidemic hit the school…

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Jan 03 2012

And now it’s Praxis time!

Haven’t posted in a while because I was caught up in finals, family time, and holiday parties. Now that I’ve had a chance to calm down and catch up, I’ve started studying for the Praxis. I hate standardized testing, in case you haven’t picked up on that in my previous post =) But actually, I…

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1) That it is now 5 days before Christmas and I am no where near being close to done with exams. 2) That a professor for an elective I’m taking gave us a FOUR HOUR exam on a reading day, and then still expects us to have an intensive final project due in the middle…

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Dec 14 2011

Who knew?

Who knew that the schools closing the achievement gap the fastest are on military bases? My brother is in the Marines, so my dad is all gung ho with the military facts. He found this article the other day and sent it to me. It’s a really great read.

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Dec 11 2011


I have been struggling since last night to write a blog post. I have so many thoughts swirling around my head (both TFA and non-TFA) that I just don’t know what to say. Anyway, it is the start of the exam season here, and everyone is stressing out. I’m stressing out because I’m not as…

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Dec 06 2011

NCLB and state tests

I’ll (try to) keep this short, but I had to share this article I just read in the WaPo about an elected official who takes his state’s standardized test for 10th graders. He got 10 of 60 math questions correct, and 62% on reading, which he says would be a “D” and put him in…

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I will officially leave for Induction in about 6 months.  I have to keep reminding myself that it is SIX WHOLE MONTHS away, and that is half a year and I need to stay in the real world until then.  I’ve had so many people tell me that they’re jealous of me because I know…

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Dec 01 2011

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