One Fine Morning—

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 10 2013

Last day of summer school tomorrow…

After a mere 2 1/2 weeks of teaching my summer school students, 100% of them saw growth on their final assessment, with over half of them reaching their specific final assessment goal in points (and one of them exceeding that goal by over 20). I saw extreme improvements in writing; students who when asked to write a paragraph and only wrote one sentence are now writing complete paragraphs with relevant evidence and thorough explanations. I saw all of my students finish at least one book during this period, with some of them finishing two– and they all ENJOYED them… seriously, I had to tell them to put the books away during instructional time (these titles include: The Skin I’m In; Bud, Not Buddy; Yummy; Feathers; Hole In My Life; The First Part Last; Bronx Masquerade; No Easy Answers).
I fell in love with my students, and my students reached their mission…

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Jun 22 2013

Update!

Everything is still going well! I’m getting by on 4-5 hours of sleep a night, and I am having to get my own food a lot more than I would have wanted to because the food situation here is so terrible, but I am surviving. This past week was my first week with my summer…

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Jun 16 2013

Biking and building and… teaching?

Last summer, I rode a bike from Charleston, SC to Santa Cruz, CA for affordable housing through a program called Bike and Build. It was one of the hardest and most amazing experiences of my life, and I am finding that my summer spent with Teach for America is quite similar to it in a…

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Jun 11 2013

Shout outs!

This will be brief but everything is going well! Shout out to Service Master for providing all Corps Members in Memphis with a $25 Amazon gift card to help us get our classrooms started. It is sincerely appreciated. Trying to decide how to make the best use out of mine at the moment… I spent…

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Jun 05 2013

Institute: Day Two

Two days of Institute done! It feels like I have been here forever already. Today was equally as amazing as yesterday. In the morning we listened to logistical information, but then we spent the rest of the day with our TLC (cohort) group. We really got to know each other by sharing our life maps–…

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Jun 04 2013

Institute: Day One

Well, here I am– after months of anticipation– I am sitting in my dorm room with my amazing roommate Anna at the University of Memphis. Today was our first day of Institute, and let me just say… they definitely don’t start you off slow here. I spent 12 hours today in scheduled programming, but it…

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May 17 2013

One Fine Morning—

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—” On January 7th, I received an e-mail from Teach for America informing me that…

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