All Children Grow Up

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 01 2012

a year in five minutes?

Who knew summing up my year in 5-7 minutes could be so hard? So many students, so many unique stories, so much struggle and heart-ache, so much joy, how do I condense it?

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Mar 27 2012


I don’t think I would be wrong to say that “wait” is not a word we often associate with Teach for America, or teaching in general.  It doesn’t seem to mesh with our idea of urgency in the classroom.  It is a high speed world that we live in.  We need success, immediately, perfection –…

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Dec 14 2011

Dignitas Personae

Sometimes it is easy to forget why I took this job.  I come home from work, completely drained, but feel like all the energy I put into my day was for nothing – the students still don’t understand the objectives, they still are pushing against authority, and then, to top it off, students I had…

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Oct 26 2011

Classroom Culture

It’s strange how much my classroom culture changes based on the students who come in.  I guess it seems pretty obvious – new students, new personality, but what surprises me is how much I change based on the personality of my students.  A few weeks ago, I was able to joke around with my middle…

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Oct 07 2011


One of the best times of the day is PE.  I hated the class myself in school, so I’m surprised to find myself suddenly appreciating it’s importance.  Through out the day, my students talk about things I barely knew existed until college (I admit I was sheltered but still).   I almost forget the boy…

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Sep 16 2011


When I first decided to write a blog, I thought two things which I no longer think.  First: That I would have time and energy to update this often (I am hoping someday that will be true).  Second: That I would be teaching children – I’ll explain this last one further… “All Children Grow Up”…

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Aug 22 2011

First Day Preparation

Tomorrow morning, I am going to wake up, put on my uniform, and walk into my school, prepared to begin my career as a teacher.  I’ve spent the past 3 weeks listening to speakers stress how important the first impression is.  I have to show my kids that I am in control, that I have…

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