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May 06 2011

don’t you remember

by Adele US American catharsis is weird. Whatever – I think Lupe Fiasco speaks truth when he wrote in the immediate aftermath of the OBL assassination: “Now kill poverty, wack schools, and US imperialism…” For once, no analysis, no pontification – imma just leave it at that and move on to fighting some battles that are…

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Apr 19 2011

that’s it, I quit, I’m moving on

by Sam Cooke. when you sing the blues – you’re allowed to go out of tune, it’s better if you don’t, but the blues comes with room for error and thus room for creativity. teaching (well) is much like singing the blues. it’s common knowledge what works in both arenas, but still, a small fraction…

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Mar 07 2011

Like I Love You

by Justin Timberlake. I’m kind of a commitment-phobe – making my decision to join TFA that much more epic. Long time readers will remember that I started to apply to TFA 3 times before I could reach the level of commitment necessary for me to finish the application. I knew I wasn’t ready to be…

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by The Neptunes After working in a 3rd grade classroom for 2 weeks, a student disclosed sexual abuse to me. In the movies – you how everything slows down and the character in question can’t talk or think and then everything fades to black. That’s kind of how I felt. I was stunned and surprised,…

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Feb 13 2011

Venus vs. Mars

by Jay-Z My dad has been a teacher for 38 years. He just won an award actually, among many of his others, and he’s done amazing things for his students and his community. Teaching in the same system, in the same classroom for 38 years awards him a level of autonomy many teachers never encounter.…

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Feb 08 2011

In the time of the butterflies

***i updated my social justice education page and now it’s filled with wonderful information, resources and love and you should totally read it and tell your friends!*** Now back to our regularly scheduled programming: So today I wrote a bilingual literacy unit for 4th graders on the Mirabal Sisters. I want to teach it very, very…

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Jan 31 2011

On to the next one

Yesterday I got a letter from a student of a current CM. It was lovely to hear directly from a student and to hear his analysis of TFA (I mean I’m assuming no CM would submit the negative reviews to TFA staff to be sent to incoming CMs). Still, even if it’s just that student…

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Jan 28 2011

Back to basics

One of my proudest accomplishments is that there isn’t anything I can’t title with a pop culture reference :). Anyway… I first thought about applying to TFA when I was a senior in college. Instead I went to graduate school, fell in love a bunch of times, traveled and worked in the anti-violence movement (many…

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