Becoming A Chief

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 05 2013

Year Two.

This entire year flew by that I never even updated this blog. Well, after reading my old posts I cannot even believe I came back to Kansas City to teach at the same school in the same grade.
I. Loved. almost. Every. Day. This. Year.
In three weeks school will be over and I will return home. Would you believe it if I told you my kids make me cry, but not because of their behavior, but because I will miss them?
There is so much more to be said about my thoughts and opinions on Teach For America and urban education, which I will share for new corps members, but for tonight, I reflect on my experience.
These past two years were like a roller coaster that I’ve never been on before. I’m talking scarier than the scariest roller coaster at Cedar Point. So many highs, and even more lows. However, these past…

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Jun 02 2012

Then It Was Over.

Surprise! I’m still alive. I was renewed at my school and with great debate I decided I will finish a second year in the inner city of Kansas City. Some of my friends did not fare so well, but that is for another discussion. The end of the year was crazy with testing and testing…

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Mar 27 2012

He Pooped on the Floor.

Yep. One of my students relieved himself on the bathroom floor last week. He was served with a six day suspension. Although my class has been way better behaved (knock on wood) these last two days without his presence and that of another student who was suspended for 10 days, I have mixed feelings about…

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Reasons why I hate my job: We are told in the morning we have a meeting after school. I only teach math, when I should be teaching all subjects. The school doesn’t want to turn on the a/c. I’m nine hours away from my fiance. Reasons why I REALLY hate my job: There is a…

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Mar 07 2012

A Burglar, The Flu and A Wedding.

My life has thrown some interesting curve balls these past few weeks. Last week I missed two precious days of school, Monday and Friday. Monday morning I woke up, got ready and went to my nice, old car. (I am still driving my first car, a 2001 Chevy) To my surprise, my car window was…

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Feb 17 2012

Teaching the Test.

Well, today we were informed that there will be no social studies instruction. There will be no science instruction. Reading will be a 60 minute block. And Math… Math will be 180 minutes. Math, because, MATH is low hanging fruit. If we can improve our math scores, then maybe we will be able to get…

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Feb 13 2012

Snow Day!

Happy Snow Day from Kansas City! What I did today: Caught up on bills. Ate Lamars Donuts and drank coffee with fellow TFAers. Learned to use Excel. Bought new pens.   It is now a two day week for our district. No students Thurdsay, Friday or Monday. Will my kids be crazy or will they…

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Feb 10 2012

And Then It Becomes Easier.

It has been one month since the second semester began and maybe I should knock on wood, but it has become so. much. easier. I cannot decide if my recent engagement has caused me to be in an euphoric state, and being in this state has helped ease the pain of teaching in the inner…

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Jan 22 2012

We are messy people.

God knows we are messy people. We must understand that others in our lives are messy too, and forgive and accept them like God has done for us. This was today’s sermon and has been a thought that has stuck with me throughout the day. As I sat there in church with other TFA CMs,…

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Jan 12 2012

Woah: Are We Learning?

Adrian, a wonderful, funny, and special child raise his hand and said, “If someone walked in here they would say, Woah, look at these kids, they’re actually learning real stuff.” Yes Adrian! Woohoo. We were learning about subjects and predicates and my kids were learning, it was joyful and they seemed to be having fun.…

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