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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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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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Dec 28 2011

Will You Marry Me?

On Christmas Eve, the love of my life got on one knee and proposed to me. I accepted. WHAT!? He had been joking that an empty silver box sitting on the table was for a ring for me in 4 years when he could afford to actually buy one. He asked me to dance and…

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Nov 11 2011

I Feel Like A Teacher.

I finally felt like a teacher yesterday! It was amazing, wonderful and so exciting. I made the assumption that my students knew that there are seven continents… false. So, in the moment, I taught. I quickly searched for a song and my kids jumped up and down, danced and clapped. It. Was. So. Beautiful. Rigor.…

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Nov 07 2011

A Month Has Passed.

Basically a month has passed since I almost walked into my Principal’s office and called it quits. Am I better? No. Are my kids doing better? Debatable. Is classroom management under control? Absolutely not. Do I still get sick every day before work? Yes. So why am I still here? I often believe it is…

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Nov 01 2011

Cat Burglar.

Today at recess, a mother came to school dressed like a cat. She wanted her kid. There had been an ongoing custody disagreement, and I had specific instructions to never like the student leave with her mother. She took her child, climbed through a hole in the fence, and would not stop as me and…

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Aug 27 2011

Tears, Screaming and Fights. Oh My.

I have been teaching for two weeks. My classroom ranges from students ages 8-11 that are at a reading level 4/5 (1st grade/2nd grade) and a math level of 4/5 (1st grade/2nd grade). This means that most of the students in my leveled classroom are roughly 2 years behind.  (They should be at a level…

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