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Jul 22 2012

The Final Countdown

I’ve officially been in Philadelphia for four weeks but it still feels like I got here yesterday. I can’t believe I’m about to start my last week of Institute — the past four weeks have simultaneously been some of the most rewarding and challenging of my life. I’ve met a ton of tremendously awesome people, grown significantly as a person, and also feel like I’ve been pretty well prepared to get into my region in August. But, I’ll save the overall reflections for after the final week, and instead I want to focus on Friday… which has easily been my most memorable day of Institute so far.
The day started off on a bad note when I woke up and it was raining — fortunately, it was only the second time it’s been raining on a school day, but it still meant I had to walk the half-mile to the dining…

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Jul 15 2012

Livin’ on a Prayer

I have mixed feelings about being halfway through Institute. On the one hand, it’s been an incredibly stressful experience where I don’t get enough sleep, always have work to do, and struggle daily both in and out of the classroom. But on the other hand, I’m surrounded by incredibly supportive and amazing people who know…

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Jul 08 2012

My First Week as a Teacher

So, it’s unfortunate that it looks like I’m only going to be able to post about once a week, but free time here is…… limited, to say the least. Teaching. Is. A. Lot. Of. Work. !!!!! Every Friday we have a school-wide reflection session, and last Friday that was one of the sentiments that kept…

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Jul 01 2012

It works and it’s work

Made it through Week 1 of Institute! This past week was simultaneously the longest and shortest week of my life. The week was a blur of learning about and then planning lessons, classroom management, investment, reward systems… the list goes on. We spent a lot of time discussing how to better invest our students and families…

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Jun 25 2012

Real Students, Real Learning

It’s hard to believe I’m finally in Philadelphia! I’ve been hearing about/researching/preparing for Institute for well over six months now, so to actually be experiencing it is almost surreal. Over 800 corps members from six different TFA regions and 200 staff members have converged on Greater Philadelphia to provide summer school classes to hundreds of…

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Jun 20 2012

Lean On Me

I am officially a member of the 2012 TFA Massachusetts corps! After six months of waiting, it’s still almost surreal my experience has started. The past two days have been jam-packed but incredible (minus this crazy heat). I’m going to try to put a bit more detail in my posts while I have the energy…

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Jun 17 2012

It begins…

Well, the time has come [the walrus said...]. It’s hard to believe Induction starts in two days and, after months of anticipation, planning, and preparation, I’ll officially start my training as a Teach For America corps member on Tuesday. While I’m pretty sure my first week won’t involve talk of shoes and ships and sealing…

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