Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jan 02 2015

#90: Resolved

It’s the twilight of Christmas break, the first one in my career that I didn’t limp into. A lot has changed this year. I have changed a lot this year.
I’m hesitant to read back on any of the older entries here. I remember when I had Live Journals in high school. When I became disgusted with my former self, I would start a new account. I did this a couple of times before I abandoned them altogether(1). So I have hesitation because the person I am now is not so arsed with being a TFA hater these days, though all my reservations remain. I think I’ve said everything I could possibly say about the matter in this blog¬†and I ran out of gas. I put the exhaust into a book chapter that should be published this year. I’ll tell y’all about it sometime.
But about that change. I’ve been radicalizing in…

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Sep 26 2014

#89: Five weeks into year five

Oh, hey. This old thing. At this rate, I should be finishing up post #100 by about summer of 2019 or so. This is year five. I’m teaching math still, but this time it’s remediation for the state end-of-course exam for Algebra 1. After five weeks, I really like it! I have small classes for…

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It’s only been seven months or so since I last deigned to come on this space and write about anything. There are a lot of reasons for this: I’m on Twitter now. A lot. The teachforus.org site went all nutty at one point (and it still is?) I have been drowning in a sea of…

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Dec 30 2013

#87: Megan

I was wary of making post about this. I’m struggling to write about this in a way that isn’t about me because it isn’t at all. But I feel like this is professionally the most emotionally-wrenching thing I’ve been party to and wanted to share this from a teacher’s perspective. One of my students from…

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Dec 30 2013

#86: Fall 2013 in review

In the past and particularly this summer, I have had a draft or two kicking around in my mind before I actually sat down to type anything. Not so, this fall. I think this goes beyond me being busy. We are always busy. I think what is different now is that I’m less certain. Less…

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I am in the middle of wrapping up 30 hours of state-mandated “Gifted and Talented” professional development. I don’t know how useful it is to call it such given that many of the practices are just plain good practice for any student (encourage creativity! open-ended questioning!), and it’s a bit disconcerting that it is brought…

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Aug 21 2013

#84: Guest post on Edushyster

Year four of teaching 4 America is afoot, but before I lapse into a writing coma until Thanksgiving, I have a guest post up on Edushyster. I had a lot of fun writing it and a lot of distress researching it.

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Aug 16 2013

#83: I don’t blame you

I had a chance to sit and chat via Spreecast with some of the regular cast of characters around the TeachForUs/TFA water cooler this week. At the end of the discussion, a 2013 corps member remarked to Gary Rubinstein that he comes across as extreme to new TFA corps members who have not had much…

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I’m pretty far removed from academia these days, so forgive me if I’m duplicating another scholar’s work. I’ve been engaging with and reading the opinions of a greater number of stakeholders in education this summer. I’m finding the Democrat-Republican and liberal-conservative (social or economic) divides to be less helpful in understanding the debates that are…

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Have y’all heard of this guy Matt Damon? Apparently he’s a fairly well-known public school advocate who made some waves by announcing that his children would not be attending public schools in Los Angeles and instead he and his wife decided to enroll them in private schools. In response, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush did…

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