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Journeys, challenges, & writings of a first-year teacher.
I graduated from Teach For America eleven days ago. It was a lovely ceremony; I invited a few of my closest school friends (my Houston family) and we all raised our glasses of sparkling apple juice to two years of deeply meaningful work. At the end I took pictures with flowers and certificates and that was it. It was over. I walked out and drove up and down the Houston highways and tried to process the end of something that has meant so much to me. The sparkling stars twinkled almost mockingly as I drove and drove and drove.
In many ways, very little will change next year. I’m returning to my placement school, continuing to teach 8th grade English (plus I’m picking up a class of Reading Intervention), even teaching in the same room. I’ll have the same primary evaluator and the same administrative team and most of my favorite teachers…
Just withdrew my job application from another city and committed to a third year in my placement school. I think about 3/4 of my cohort of 26 will likely be doing the same. I’m thrilled for many reasons – just one of which is that in staying a third year, I’m proving so many of…read more »
The past few weeks have been full of upheaval; for someone who hates change as much as I do, I’ve struggled to remain positive in the face of so much transition. I suppose some of this is to be expected. In some ways, what I had last year – mentors everywhere, a close and well-defined…read more »
It’s been a while. This site’s gone through some ups and downs, and of course, Teacher October – though better this time around – kicked me while I was down. I don’t know how to sum up this second year; it seems like everything – from my students to my campus to even myself –…read more »
Just turned down a $75k/year job offer to teach a third year because I love what I do and I’m not finished yet. I once heard a clip of a commencement speech, delivered at MIT a few years ago by one of the founders of Dropbox. He talked about the idea of the tennis ball. and how…read more »
And so it goes. I’m not really sure where to begin. It’s been a whirlwind of a week; last week, in the span of 24 hours, I tried to gracefully transition from corporate/private sector life back to school life. It was a little rough. I spent two days in content leadership training, then headed…read more »
…and with it, a deep sense of reflection, purpose, wistfulness. In some ways I’ll miss these summer days. Free from the anxiety of evaluation and teaching, I think I bloomed a little this summer, reclaiming parts of myself that had long been forgotten in the tumult of first-year-teaching. it’ll be hard to leave this life.…read more »
I’m in the middle of my first Teacher Summer, and it’s nothing like what I thought summer would be. In the vacuum of school – no more planning, grading, texting my kids, etc. – I find myself aimless and restless. I miss my kiddos. I literally dream about them. Is that weird? I’m spending…read more »
I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been too busy living my life rather than writing about it, I suppose, and in some ways, the feelings that the end of the year brings are just too big to be put into words. The past month’s been full of full-hearted moments. Times when life is just…read more »
We got our STAAR results back! Of the 85 students I teach, 6 failed (though they are the hardest-working and more incredible students know), meaning 93% of my kiddos passed. I cried of happiness and relief and freedom when I opened the email in the teacher’s lounge one sunny afternoon last week. And then minutes…read more »