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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 12 2014

Singing along to the radio

There is a big Native American basketball tournament in Phoenix every summer. This year we decided not to take our girls, because they weren’t all that interested, it seemed; this ended up being the right decision because we would have gotten eaten alive. But my co-coach and I still are here, bringing some of our boys who are playing and going to all their games. And let me just say, I love these boys.
Partly it’s really fun to watch them play. These boys throw themselves into basketball the way I wish they would commit to school. But their schools fail them over and over again (this teacher lost my assignment and gave me a 0, I have a long-term sub in this class so I failed the test because she didn’t teach us anything, that teacher showed up drunk to school, I had an A in that class till the…

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Jul 08 2014

Thoughts from my brain today

School has been over for a month. I’m leaving Gallup in another 3 weeks. But all my kids are still on my mind. Here’s the one I’m thinking about today. (Warning: it’s long.) Tyree has TLS. I made it up: Terrible Life Syndrome. That’s when everything just sucks so much, in all ways, that the…

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Feb 28 2014

Empathy

Our vocab words this week: torment, deceive, replica, malicious, resent, motive, vicious, and pathetic. (I realize they’re a little grim…we’re reading Greek mythology and trickster stories so go figure.) Here were Kevin’s vocab sentences: When I try to talk to Sebastian he makes noises at me and torments me. Sometimes I deceive Josiah and I…

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Jan 26 2014

Connections

I haven’t been writing that much this year. The main reason is that I’ve been applying to medical schools, and the time commitment of writing all those applications, sending them in, following up, and interviewing at various places has been absolutely exhausting. I just haven’t had time. I’m not doing as good a job as…

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It occurs to me that I have no idea what the general public opinion is of Teach For America. On the one hand, all my parents’ friends really seem to like it, and most older folks I meet think it’s great. On the other hand, nearly every time I see TFA mentioned in an internet…

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Oct 15 2013

The world is silly.

My parents live in a fairly ritzy suburb of Boston, and they take their puppy every day to doggy day care in the city while they work. Perhaps a little fussy, but not outside the realm of possibility for a lot of people. It costs $28 a day to board your dog at this place.…

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Oct 13 2013

Not enough time…

He can multiply! Woohoo! “He” in this case is my used-to-be-lowest kiddo, who has some serious (and documented) short term memory issues. Math is a terror for this kid because he doesn’t have the memory to remember…anything. Including his facts. That means if he’s doing, say, multiplication, he starts, then has to pause and make…

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Sep 30 2013

Surprise!

This morning I got a surprise call from the office telling me my IEP was about to start and they had someone coming to cover my class. The IEP was for my most impaired kiddo, the one who reads at a kindergarten level and can just about add and subtract. Unfortunately, no one told me…

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Sep 26 2013

Range.

This year is kind of interesting because I think I have a larger group of truly gifted students than I have in past years. For instance, I have students who in one week have learned how to multiply two-digit numbers by two-digit numbers perfectly, using three different methods (which, if you don’t remember 4th grade,…

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Sep 21 2013

Last year’s scores!

So how’d it go? Well, it’s now Year 3 in my placement school, same grade, same classroom, but I’ll tell about that later. I want to just do a little review on last year, now that the almighty test scores are in. Those of you who’ve been with me for a while might remember that…

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