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Jul 27 2011

The Future

In the time since the school year ended I have moved back to Ohio to attend The Ohio State University in the fall. My end goal of getting my masters degree is to one day be able to change things for my students in Mississippi.¬†As TFA corps members throughout the Delta prepare to return to the classroom in a few weeks, I have mixed feelings of not being amongst them. While I feel that I put forth my best work and did as much as I could while I was in the Delta, I worry that my students may not carry what they learned last year. They are such wonderful kids and they have so much potential, I hope their next teacher really sees their ability. I am also going to miss the day to day drama that the lives of teenagers bring. I will not be missing the stress…

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May 03 2011

Osama Bin Laden

Today in class we were supposed to be talking about the ways in which NASA has helped us in our everyday lives…. instead we went on a tangent in my fifth period class about Osama Bin Laden. Feeling that it was a truly important current event, I went with it. My students were curious as…

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Apr 07 2011

Bill Nye Rules!

Lately I have been using Bill Nye the Science Guy videos in my classroom. For those of you who are not aware of who Bill Nye is, he created a series of science TV shows in the early 1990′s. His show included silly jokes and lots of songs. He had a habit of randomly yelling…

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Mar 31 2011

Teaching is like a relationship

Thinking of ending my second year, and thus my career as a teacher, I have decided that to me teaching is like a relationship. Now unfortunately teaching is like a relationship in which one wants to get married and the other does not. Teaching would like me to continue on blissfully wed to my job,…

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Feb 22 2011

TFA Summit Reflection

A week and a day ago I came back from Washington D.C. and the Teach for America 20th anniversary summit (One Saturday to reflect on our organization and education reform). I have had time to digest what was said and have decided to reflect on it now. I have broken up this post into several…

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Feb 17 2011

A rat is in the building

Today when I entered our building I was hit with this horrible smell. I can’t even put into words what it was. Luckily, while the smell got worse the closer you got to my classroom, my classroom was odor free. While in the hallways changing periods the smell became almost too much and I said…

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Feb 04 2011

New Kid in Town

I have a new student in my fifth period class. I was warned that he is a terror to have. Having been kicked out of a previous school he was sent to reform school where he was also removed. I was a little hesitant to meet this student to say the least. However, when he…

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Jan 21 2011

You have to earn a ‘F’

One of the most heart warming moments I have had this year with a student took place out on bus duty this past Tuesday. It involves 2 students who I will first briefly describe. Student 1- Jack- Jack is a quiet student who is respectful and kind. He helps those around him, even when he…

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Jan 19 2011

Cell processes

Of all the things I teach my students, they seem to loose the most interest in cell processes (mitosis, meiosis, photosynthesis etc.) I am trying to make it as much fun as I can and try to incorporate all types of real life experiences, but its like pulling teeth. I assigned students to create a…

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Jan 12 2011


At last, a snow day! Well yesterday was at least! In true southern style, the threat of snow was enough to close all schools in the delta on Sunday night. When I awoke around 8 on Monday morning there was merely a light dusting of ice on the greenery and the roads were perfectly clear.…

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