Dreams in the Desert

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Oct 12 2012

Thoughts while reading my student and parent surveys, in no particular order
- My students really focus on grades, but not so much on learning.
- They are still at that age where they value their families over their friends. When asked about who’d they’d want to go on a vacation with, or eat lunch with, it’s always their brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunts, uncles…
- MANY of my students said they’d never want to change anything about themselves, because they’re “good the way they are” or something along those lines. So is that just healthy, surprising self-esteem, or is it a sign that they don’t recognize / realize their weaknesses and areas of growth?
Here are the best of the best. I believe you might have to click on some of them (the bigger ones) to read the full answers.
   
 

    
 
   

 

   

 

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Sep 02 2012

My 7th graders

One of the best, best, best things about this year is seeing my first class of 5th graders become 7th graders. They all are so tall now! They stride around campus, clapping each other on the back and hurriedly tucking in their shirt as a teacher passes by. Whenever they see me, they smile and…

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Aug 19 2012

A New Leaf

In retrospect I wish I would have stuck to just one leaf design and done a bigger variety of colors (red, orange, yellow, and green), but whatever. It’s the meaning that counts.  

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Aug 18 2012

Bungee Jumping on the First Day

The first day of school. I got to school at 6:45, which is amazing to me in comparison with previous years and considering the fact that I had been in PA Friday-Sunday. I was excited. I wasn’t truly nervous. The students were so quiet. As always, I WAY overplanned, at least for homeroom. I got…

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Aug 15 2012

Introduction: Years 0, 1, & 2

It’s my third year in my “placement school.” For all the non-TFA out there, basically it means I stayed. REWIND!   Back in my spring year of college, I learned about an organization that seemed to match up with my educational values, passions, and career goals. It was TFA. (At this point I’m not going…

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