Teaching in Memphis

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Aug 05 2012

Opening Night!

I’m a theater nerd–no shame here. I find comfort in creating analogies between theater things and other things. So, here goes.
Tomorrow is just like opening night, really. Only, it’s opening night of a one-man improv show that’s 7 hours in length (with one 25 minute intermission), that will run for 180 performances before taking a two months off, and then starting another season. Aaaaand, I’m the director, stage manager, and the star. So, no big, right?
In all honesty, I’m beyond excited for tomorrow (which, if you haven’t figured out, is the first day of school.) My room is (mostly) set up, my copies are made (for the first day, at least), and I’ve got my first-day shirt and tie already picked out and hung up somewhere that I’m sure to find them when I’m stumbling blearily around my closet at 5:15 AM.
Before then, though, I need to make sure everything…

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At last update, summer school hadn’t started yet. Today was day 9 of summer school. Let me tell you, a lot can happen in 9 days plus a weekend. How much, you ask? I am a math teacher, after all. I’d be remiss if I didn’t put it into numbers. 7┬ástudents in my Algebra I…

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Jun 17 2012

“Where y’all teaching at?”

Week one of Institute is done! It feels like years ago that I drove away from comfortable ┬áMinnesota, but it was in fact just shy of two weeks ago. Crazy. Institute is one of those things that’s built up SO MUCH by so many different people with so many different attitudes that you reach a…

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Jun 08 2012

Culture and Community

The past two days of Induction have gone by so quickly, and we’ve packed so much stuff in! Here are some highlights: -I had a chance today to go to the school where I’ll be working this fall and meet my principal and take a tour. My principal seems amazing and incredibly supportive, as do…

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Jun 05 2012

To Memphis!

Tomorrow’s the big day! Okay, it’s one of several big days to come. But, it’s the first big day, so it counts all the same. Tomorrow is the beginning of Induction, which is Teach For America’s pre-Institute “get-to-know-you” period. We have four full days in Memphis before heading (further) south to Mississippi. The last time…

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