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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Oct 03 2014

Top 5

It has been a very long time since I last posted on this blog. Toward the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, my inactivity was mostly self-imposed — I had transitioned to a new college access role and was too busy to write anything substantive. (Though that’s hardly an excuse, since I’ve never been and likely never will be as busy as I was during my first year of teaching.) In the latter half of the year, I tried several times to get back into blogging, only to be discouraged by the shakiness of the TFU platform — I strongly suspect Gary Rubinstein’s blog brought more traffic than the servers could handle. In any case, the site seems to have stabilized a bit, and since I still get a fair number of new visitors on here every month, I wanted to share my five most popular posts, as reported by Google Analytics.
#5: Two…

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Jan 17 2014

Mixed feelings

I love college access work. I love watching mindsets about postsecondary education evolve over time. I love that it’s my job to sit down one-on-one with students and listen to their stories, their thoughts, their concerns, their dreams. I love seeing students laugh and applaud when acceptances start rolling in. Really, I love all of it.…

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Jan 07 2014

Making a statement

MH was an enigma. On paper, he seemed like a model student: 3.73 GPA, 1400 SAT score, 92% attendance. But in person, he was distant, sarcastic, and noncommittal. When asked about his personal life or postsecondary plans, he would change the subject; if pressed, he would insist he was going to become a world-famous rapper…

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Sep 04 2013


Hello world! I’m back from a three month long blogging hiatus, during which I: finished the school year in Providence, said goodbye to my colleagues, friends, students, and packed my life into four boxes served as NYC Institute’s Director of Data Management and met some amazingly talented and dedicated educators along the way moved into…

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Jun 10 2013

Two years

The school year is almost over. This week is reserved for underclassmen finals, and grades are due by next Monday, which means most students will stop showing up after that. Last Saturday was district-wide graduation day, so the seniors are already gone. This Saturday is Alumni Induction, which is essentially graduation for corps members (we…

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May 30 2013


Over the past month, I’ve begun drafting three entries on this blog and another two on my private blog. Only one has made it past a few sentences. This is a testament to the disjointedness of my thoughts lately, as I approach the end of the school year while simultaneously ramping up my responsibilities for…

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May 21 2013

Rough day

I drafted a lengthy, pensive yet optimistic, I-can’t-believe-it’s-already-the-end-of-May kind of blog entry during my prep today… and then period 6-7 happened. It was, without a doubt, the most out-of-control 109 minutes I have experienced in my two years of teaching thus far. I had kids falling asleep, shouting at each other, refusing to sit in their…

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Apr 28 2013

Two stories

It’s not quite dark on Sunday evening, but I’ve already finished all my planning, copying, grading, and data tracking for tomorrow. This is a very novel experience, even as a second-year teacher, so I’m a little disoriented. I guess I’ll use this time to share two stories from last week, one negative and one positive,…

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Mar 29 2013

Good Friday

This is a poem-sermon I first heard two years ago. It has no connection to teaching or education (except in a grand, cosmic sense I suppose), but after a physically and mentally draining month, it’s a jolting shot of hope and a powerful reminder of why today is called Good Friday. It’s Friday. Jesus is arrested…

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Mar 19 2013

Second-year success stories

March is a long and relentless month. I would say it’s kind of like October, the other dreaded month, but without even the prospect of the holidays around the corner. March is about when teachers start to believe, whether they verbalize it or not, that there is truly no rest for the weary. But it’s…

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