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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Sep 15 2018

#92: Well, hello!

I thought this place shut down, but on a whim I typed in the URL, and here we are! I logged in for the first time in a few years and WOOF! there are almost 20,000 spam comments awaiting moderation. My kingdom for a ‘Delete All’ button.
Just for any future TFAers who might happen upon this space in its revival, here’s an update on my life since my last post in 2015.

I’m in year 9. Same school since day 1. My sixth principal just started this year and she’s great.
I teach Government and Economics now, my fourth year in this position. Academic Decathlon, too. Second year for that. I love both.
I’m about to finish my M.A. in Political Science at Texas State in December. Finally, a piece of paper I can show people to prove that I know things. Well, two more years worth of things.
My son is in KINDERGARTEN now, gee…

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Mar 20 2015

#91: Affinity

One of my former students approached me around October. He really wanted to start an LGBT group and wanted me to sponsor it. I wondered why he had approached me. Over the years, I’ve developed a reputation for candor and for answering frank questions from students. I’ve always made sure to affirm the identities of…

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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…

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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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