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Oct 04 2011

LOL Teaching Is Hard

Lol indeed. I return to this blog a little sheepishly, given how completely I abandoned it, and since I only have twenty minutes before my third block starts, it won’t be a very impressive return. Nor do I expect to start writing beautiful reflective blog posts any time in the near future, since my work…

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Today is my penultimate day at Institute, which I know is true but don’t really believe, partially because the whole Institute structure has totally distorted my sense of time. Constantly planning a few days ahead leaves me continually grasping to figure out where I am in the present; I simultaneously feel like I’ve been here…

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Jul 12 2011

Teacher Beats

The bus ride to the school where I teach is about 20-25 minutes long, and that is some precious listening-to-music time. Anyone who knows me can attest to how terribly picky I am about music, especially when traveling. Most people use the bus ride to sleep or bs with one another, but I NEED that…

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Jul 10 2011

No Excuses!

I refuse to let this blog languish into nothing like so many of the ambitious TFA blogs before me. REFUSE. I am consistently amazed by how little I find worth saying at the end of the day, when my days are longer and more packed with stuff than they’ve ever been. I can’t in good…

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The first true confession being that I’m usually so frazzled and brain dead after the day is done that I’m in no mood to blog. I want to be oh-so-pithy and clever you see, and that’s just not the headspace I’m in by the time I get (somewhat) caught up on work. But being honest…

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Jun 14 2011

Institute is Kinda Weird

Weird, I tell you. Besides the intense, long days that you’ll hear about from everyone who’s every done it, what you don’t hear about is the really weird developmental place you’re in. The message from TFA, and it’s one that I don’t think they can stress too much, is “Hey, we know you just graduated from…

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Jun 13 2011

The Blog Before the Storm

Finally in the Delta, and even though I can’t think of much to say it would be a shame not to post a blog on Institute Eve, when everything’s been so built up. So just to take stock before I go to bed, I guess: People in the Delta really are as sweet and gracious…

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Jun 11 2011


I am not looking forward to the ESL PRAXIS II in the morning. That is all.

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Jun 09 2011

Talking Resumes and Geese

Day 3 of Induction is done, and it simultaneously feels like we’re just getting started and like we’ve been here forever. The days are long and structured and generally more useful than I initially assume they’ll be, but it’s hard to stay focused on what’s going on with the specter of Institute looming over every workshop and…

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Jun 08 2011


Since I’m at induction and have some rare time for myself I thought I’d try and sneak in quick blog, since that’s what I set out to do and all. SO! Charlotte! TFA! This thing that’s been in my future since October is now my present. Travel headaches, money worries and oh-my-god-how-am-I-going-to-find-a-place-without-a-car concerns aside, I…

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I’ve been up all night, unable to sleep thanks to a not-unpleasant, roaming anxiety that’s felt awfully familiar. It took me awhile to recognize the feeling: it’s that wide-awake anticipation I used to feel when I was a little kid the night before the first day of school. Kinda cute, right? My bags are mostly…

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Jun 03 2011

Making It Real

I have planned for awhile now to start this blog. Teaching will be an adventure, and I want to document it. I want the folks back home to know what I’m up to on the other side of the continent without constant emails. Blogging is a good intellectual practice– and after all, what is my…

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