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Jul 31 2010

Lessons from 1st week

I actually wrote this a long time ago, but I’m just now getting it online…… 6/18/2010 I just finished my first week of teaching one class at institute. And I’m exhausted. Before you think I’m a wimp, know that it is one class of 12 7th graders and then the rest of my day is…

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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


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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