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Jul 29 2012

Thoughts on identity

More often than not, this blog serves as a place to record and reflect on particularly notable events in my already eventful life as a teacher. It would seem appropriate, then, to write about my first experience on staff with NYC Institute, which just concluded yesterday. However, the past six weeks have been filled with…

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May 28 2012

Dear 2012 corps members,

I’m so glad that you’re joining the movement for educational equity. To tell you the truth, there’s a bit of an older-sibling syndrome within TFA, wherein previous corps years scoff at the apparent naivete of first-year CMs and grow somewhat envious of the attention that they receive. (I’m guilty of this myself.) Don’t let this…

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Overheard during a lesson on arithmetic sequences R: “Oh my gawddd, this stuff is so awesome.” There is a remarkable disconnect between how much stuff has been happening in my classroom, school, life, etc., and how little I feel like blogging about it. Maybe my desire to write is directly proportional to the amount of…

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Overheard on the last day of summer school F.: “I like that vest, but it looks ugly on Mr. K.” Today marks exactly one week since the end of Institute. It’s hard to believe that just seven days ago, there was still very little on my mind except big goals, student investment, purposeful planning, effective…

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Jul 30 2011

Someday you will read this

Dear math superstars of room 313, Thank you for an amazing summer. Thank you for believing in me, in my collab, and most importantly, in yourselves. Thank you for showing up bright and early (most of the time) for summer school; for paying attention and wanting to learn, even when I failed to plan purposefully…

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Jul 24 2011

Wings like eagles

Conversation while walking to the cafeteria M.: “I want to go to St. John’s or Harvard Law School.” Me: “Hmm, why Harvard?” M.: “Because the smartest people go to Harvard.” Me: “Did you know that Yale has the best law school in the country?” M.: “No, you’re just biased.” (Disclaimer: I admit that I am…

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Jul 18 2011

Hump week

Overheard in the dining hall CM: “I just want to go to bed and fall into a coma so I don’t have to go to school tomorrow.” The days are flying by now. I can hardly believe that just three weeks ago, I had never stepped foot in the classroom as a teacher, created a…

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Jul 09 2011

+s and Δs

Overheard during a CS session after the first day of teaching CM 1: “I’m not articulating myself very well right now, sorry.” CM 2: “I’m having a hard time understanding anything right now.” CM 1: “Well, this is a bad combination.” Week two of Institute–our first week of teaching–is officially over. Someone asked me to…

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Jul 02 2011

Ohh, we’re one-fifth there

Overheard in the suite common room CT Corps Member: “I’m scared about teaching fourth graders… I don’t even know what fourth graders look like.” Well, I’ve emerged from week one of five at NYC Institute, a little tired but for the most part no worse for wear. The “here are the minute-by-minute details of my…

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Overheard at a bar Executive Director to a staff member: “Have we created TAL monsters?” That pretty much sums up the past week. In all seriousness though, Induction has been an amazing experience. From the moment we arrived and received our regional t-shirts (NYC Institute folks will see the glory of said t-shirts soon enough),…

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Jun 21 2011

Prologue

Greetings from LAX, where I’m currently waiting to board my red-eye flight to Providence, Rhode Island, to join my fellow 2011 Rhode Island CMs for our week-long Induction. [Update: I’m now at my hotel room and waiting for my luggage, which didn’t make the connection… Sadness.]  A little bit of background: in the style of…

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