Facing La Frontera

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Nov 05 2012

Parent Whisperer

This week, we’re taking the students on an overnight camp trip (cabins, challenge by choice activities, etc). We leave Thursday & return Friday evening. It’s a reward for the students based off how many behavior points they have earned. The bottom 20% stay behind.
Somehow, probably after people figured out which students weren’t invited, it became “the thing” to just choose not to go. After we realized this, I somehow ended up in the role of calling parents to discuss with them so that we could hopefully override the student’s friend-focused, short-minded decision.
One example just required putting things into perspective for the students: “I just don’t understand why you athletic boys would prefer to sit inside writing essays that I’m going to leave for you all day.” oh, their faces were priceless. “But-but, last year, they got to watch movies!!”   They signed up minutes later.
If you know me, you know I…

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Oct 25 2012


10/25/12 The week finally caught up with me. Yesterday, I got home at 6:30, slept till 8, worked for an hour, then slept-slept-slept until the morning & 5 snoozes later when I finally woke up. I was worried I was getting sick, but I’m pretty sure I was just fatiguee.   Tonight, I still have over…

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Oct 23 2012

Smiles :)

10/23/12 I haven’t written much lately, but many wonderful things have been happening. 1) I got to visit my old school.  It was exactly what the visit should be – I loved seeing everyone, was smiling constantly, and was happy to be back at my new school on Monday. It makes you feel a bit…

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10/10/12   Why I appreciate where I work: I came to work on Monday with a heaviness on my heart. It was one of those days where I couldn’t get thoughts out of my head. Unfortunately, I tend to stress and overthink things sometimes (don’t we all), and this was one of those days when…

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Oct 03 2012

Que Tal, Mundo

Three Thoughts Tuesday   Thanks for your prayers for my students with some personal issues…..thanks to some recent admissions on his part, he will now be getting the help he needs, and everyone is on the same page. Now let’s pray for the pregnant mom who yelled at me when I stopped her daughter from crossing our street…

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Oct 01 2012

What We’ve Learned

10/1/12 the achievement gap cannot be closed in a day. the achievement gap cannot be closed in a week. the achievement gap cannot be closed in a year.   Unit 1 test results are in. And while my students dress and speak like their more affluent peers, I am again slapped in the face by facts that show how…

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Sep 25 2012


9/25/12 A friend imparted some accidental wisdom tonight. The things that are challenging to me right now, the things that frustrate me and make me question what I’m doing…..they’ve gotta be building some skills somewhere. If everything was happy do-diddle, then I wouldn’t be developing.   So here’s to hoping that I’m building skills that will…

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Sep 24 2012

Game Time!

9/24/12 I realized today that I forgot a huge element of my *singlegirlcliche* post…..in that an unidentified vine is growing from the top of my windowsill. Think Jumanji because I just know I’m going to wake up one morning being choked by this thing. I openeed my curtains this weekend to let in some light…..and…

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Sep 23 2012

a la cliche

9/23/12 Why I am a cliche   1) Cliche Single Girl: I bought wine, ice cream, and a redbox Friday night. The cashier made a comment, and I will never do anything that cliche again. But truly, I curled up on my couch and enjoyed every minute :)  On Saturday, I bought several dresses that I don’t…

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Sep 19 2012

Detective Hat!

9/19/12 One time, when I was younger, like 3rd or 4th grade, I wrote a note to my sister telling her she looked like a boy.  I then proceeded to lie to my mother about it, and I was finally caught when my dad came home and took a “handwriting sample” of all of my…

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