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Aug 24 2010

transitions

7/25/10 I learned a long time ago that I’m not that great at transitions. I’m always super stoked until they actually happen. I like to find comfort zones. But, following up on my reflections about people, kids, who are basically stuck in the Valley, I’m wondering how I can re-align my perspective. I know it’s…

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Aug 24 2010

Lists….

7/24/2010 In a list mood: 6 reasons I love my sleeping bag 1)     it’s green, albeit faded 2)     when I fail at rolling it up, it stays loosely tied together and doesn’t start to unravel until just before I’m setting it down 3)     It gives me the out to ask people for help rolling it…

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Aug 23 2010

Apartment Living

7/23/10 Officially living in my new apartment! Sans furniture. Just my basic living supplies. Which I quickly realized won’t hack it in an apartment. When I open my own apartment complex, I will leave new tenants with some complementary toilet paper and some kind of snack or something in the fridge. I mean, really, it’s…

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Aug 23 2010

Learning about the Valley

7/22/2010 The couple I stayed with before Induction has put me up again for 2 nights. They are so nice, and they both work in my district! I’ve gotten a lot of insight because she works in administration. Like how we assume students don’t leave the Valley because they are unaware of the opportunities. And…

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7/16/10 Ohhhhhhh man. I’m done. I came home, took a 2 hour nap, and now I’m just sitting here. I need to pack. I’m going out with my CMA group tonight. But I just kinda don’t want to move. Reflection Time! This is what they ask you to do all throughout institute. Reflect, reflect, reflect.…

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Aug 19 2010

7/7/10 persevering

7/7/2010 “Sow for yourselves justice, reap the fruit of piety; break up for yourselves a new field, for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain down justice upon you.” On the days when I have time, scratch that, make time, to do the daily readings, I tend to be struck…

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6/2/10 Today was a good day. It’s amazing how much I can get done when two trouble kids (mainly one of them) aren’t there. While I’ll work with them until I turn blue in the face, I was actually able to relax today and focus on the lesson. It was awesome. The class behavior was…

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Jul 31 2010

God is good.

6/27/10 This is more personal, less teachery. I had been moping a little about not really finding a solid community here and just wondering kind of what God was thinking. Like, how do I stay close to Him with little support or time? Last night, I wrote about how I just had to trust that…

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Jul 31 2010

The chaos of institute

6/22/10 In my first day of teaching, I had a student question the idea that I was teaching for four weeks. She was under the impression, along with the rest of the class, that her summer school ended the next Friday. Thanks, someone, for telling the kids that we’re the reason they have to stay…

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Jun 11 2010

TFA lingo

I noticed today that on top of the already proliferous amount of acronyms present in TFA culture that the staff seems to rotate through some similar phrases. The two that stuck out today from multiple people were – thanks for “reaching out” and “anecdotally.” I love the words they use though! This morning was our…

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Jun 10 2010

My Classroom!

Today, I saw my classroom. I saw my school. I saw my world for the next two years! The morning started off frantically as I couldn’t remember where I had left my keys. With a group waiting for me, I finally had to give up the search and ride with another corps member to our…

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Jun 09 2010

I’m a Valley Girl!

There’s so much running through my head. I want to remember everything, but let’s see if I can summarize. I don’t know if I ever announced it, but I have been placed! 7th grade English…. I’m quite excited! Last week, I took my Generalist TeXes test. I found that I overstudied, but also that the…

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May 16 2010

Interviews and Placement!

Well, I have been offered a job in the Valley….and it was before I graduated from college!!! The voicemail said 8th grade and the email said 7th grade, so I’m not sure which is correct yet. But, I will be teaching middle school English. Hopefully I’ll have the contract completed within the next couple of…

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Apr 17 2010

procrastination

My tendencies towards procrastination led to me postponing the creation of this blog. But I also procrastinated graduation announcements, and now I HAVE to send those out. And I wanted to include my TFA blog name in them, so I finally created this! I will be serving at a RGV (Rio Grande Valley) 2010 corps…

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