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Jul 29 2011

Wait, What?

Wait, what? Tomorrow is the last day of teaching in sunny LA? That can’t be right. I just remember hopping off the plane at LAX. I just remember pulling up to LMU in our taxi. I just remember getting off the bus and meeting my CMA. Wait, what?

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Jul 15 2011


I have found myself reflecting a lot lately. This should not come as a surprise if you are familiar with TFA, but I am not only reflecting about my third grade students or ways to become a more effective teacher, I am becoming cognizant about my blessings. Institute is rough. We spend long hours teaching,…

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Jul 06 2011

Teacher Birthday.

Happy First Day of Teaching to Me. Happy First Day of Teaching to Me. Happy First Day -and-things-did-not-go-horribly-wrong of Teaching to Me. And many more….. Today I taught nine 3rd graders how to add and subtract money amounts, and I must say, they did a pretty good job on their exit slip. Now, I do…

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Jul 03 2011

The Hike has Begun.

Week one of Institute is complete. I celebrated by hiking a trail that ends at the Hollywood sign with the Hiking CCG group. There was such breathtaking views on this 5 mile hike. Our reward after we completed it: My first ever In N Out burger. Wait, what? I had free time? Ha. I am…

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Jun 29 2011

I Have A Vision.

Day two of Institute is in the books. I met my CMA, love him. I met my CMA group, so great. And I have put on my helmet, shoulder pads and mouth guard to gear up for a challenging 4 and a half weeks. Vision Setting was the theme for the day. When we first…

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Jun 27 2011

Los Angeles: What I Love.

Today I hopped off a plane at LAX, got in a cab and headed to Loyola Marymount University. I want Institute to be a positive experience so this is what I already love about LA. 1. The Weather. It is beautiful. I cannot even use words to explain it. 2. LMU’s campus. 3. LMU’s food…

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