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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 09 2013

The End?

I haven’t written in a while, not because I don’t have anything to say, but because I don’t know how to say it. I don’t know how to sum up my two years with Teach For America, especially because next year will be largely the same – same grade, same school, same city. Another blogger on this site says it best:
“As I finished my two-year commitment as a corps member, everyone kept saying “Congratulations! Aren’t you excited?” The truth is, I don’t feel excited and I don’t feel the least bit celebratory. I think that’s because it doesn’t feel like the end of anything. Rather, it feels like the beginning of a lifelong commitment to an issue that I will never be able to stop fighting for.”

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Jan 27 2013

Soul Searching

With two days left to make my decision I know what I want. I think I’ve known all along, it’s just taken a while for me to come to terms with it. I received some good advice in the process: “It’s okay to be selfish; do what makes you happy, don’t worry about anyone else.”…

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Jan 19 2013

Putting Words in My Mouth

I was a restless sleeper Thursday night, tossing and turning, unable to turn my brain off. When I woke up on Friday, I had finally worked up the nerve to talk to my principal about my plans for next year. In my head, the conversation would have gone like this: Dr. M, I’d like to talk…

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Jan 09 2013

The Home Stretch

It may seem premature to title this post “The Home Stretch” when there are still five months of the school year looming ahead of me and my students. But we are halfway through the year. But I am 75% through with my commitment with Teach For America. But I have two short weeks to decide if…

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Dec 17 2012

Since the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut I have been mentally planning what I would do if an intruder entered our school. When I arrived at school this morning, I thought of the students in Newtown whose classmates and teachers will not be returning. I cannot imagine the sadness, disbelief, and heartache this community is experiencing.…

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Dec 16 2012

Moving Forward

Second quarter is almost over. We’ve completed two communication arts units and four math units. My kids blew me away on their last comm. arts assessments. Eighteen out of twenty-four students scored proficient, a major increase from our last assessment where only four kids scored proficient. And this time I had three students get 100%. At…

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Oct 13 2012


Things seem to be getting easier (knock on wood). I feel more efficient in my planning, my kids are in line and under control. In fact, that might be an understatement. My kids are great. They have a passion for learning that I never thought possible in a 5-year-old. They never fail to amaze me.…

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Oct 03 2012


I love my kids, I love my school, I love my family,  I love my friends.   I love my job. I love my kids. I have the best kids. Seriously, they’re great. They clapped today because they were excited to learn a new sight word. I love them.

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Sep 24 2012

Moving On

Yesterday in the Blast there was a survey for all second years. In the survey, we had to state our plans for next year. I’ve obviously thought about it, but this was the first time that I’ve ever had to put in writing that I’m planning on leaving Kansas City next year. I plan to stay…

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Sep 01 2012

Buddy Rooms

On Thursday, one of my little darlings from last year was sent to my room because he was not doing his work in his own class. I sat him down at a table in the back, helped him get started (after a brief lecture about why he needs to listen to his teacher and how…

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