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Jul 27 2012

I’m currently on a train traveling from DC to RVA but a week ago I was my last day of teaching with my kids. A week ago I was still Ms. Olivia, and a week ago I did not have Strep C.  Now institute is over, and I just regular Olivia, and I have amoxicillin…

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Jul 13 2012

DCA, DCgay.

We do these diversity dialogue sessions periodically during institute to help us reflect on our identities. They are technically known as “DCA: Diversity, Community, Action” (I think…?) and we usually split into groups based on what topics we’d like to discuss. Sometimes a Corps Member Advisor (CMA) leads a discussion, and sometimes it’s just another…

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Jul 12 2012


Hey all! just interviewed me and a member of my collab for their “Burning Questions” section on the site. It should go up tomorrow at sometime. TeacherPop is really great and it’s also helping promote the idea (as I like to put it) that teachers are people too. I think people sometimes think we’re…

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Jul 11 2012

More feedback

I talked to some TFA people from the nationals office today. They came in at 8:15 am when we had one student and we were just setting up. So they sat and asked me questions about my institute experience while I sorted blocks for my math lesson. It just furthered my belief that they really…

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Jul 10 2012


Today was rough.

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Jul 07 2012


I’ve noticed TFA does a lot of surveys. I must get a survey in my email about once a week, asking me what I think about my CMA, my region, my TS, my ECE cohort, my placement school, etc. I think it is great to request feedback and even better if you act on the…

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Ha, and here I was thinking it was a holiday celebrating America. Nope, just sitting here working on Lesson Plans, Management  Plans, OSAT data and whatever else my WIDWATW commands of me.  Happy 4th to every one!

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Jul 01 2012

Week 2, let’s do it.

So this week is the beginning of the second week of teaching and my third week in training. It’s also my birthday week, and the 4th of July holiday week. I’m already looking forward to sleeping in on the morning of the 4th when the kids (and therefore the teachers) don’t have school. This week…

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