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Oct 03 2011

Institute Was the Easy Part

(I wrote this blog knowing that I would be writing the next post about my post-institute experience, hence the “easy part” title. I wouldn’t have said Institute was the easy part back in July)
Since starting TFA, I’ve been asked by prospective Corps Members what Institute is really like. My honest response is that it is not that bad. Granted, this is only my experience, and I’m sure Institute was a hot mess for a lot of people. My experience was that Institute was pretty accurate to the experience I was prepared for during the application process.
Here’s what a typical day looked like for me:

4:45am- Wake up and get going. Just kidding. I did wake up at 4:45, but I went back to sleep from about 5-5:30. I did this to get out of my roommate’s way in the morning. It  really simplified things for both of us.
6:15am: Snag some breakfast…

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Jun 06 2011

Great Teachers are Made, Not Born.

Today was the first day of Institute at our school sites. I was very excited to learn that I will be teaching 2nd grade Reading and Math with a collaborative (or “collab”) of three other teachers. I will start the summer teaching math for two weeks, then switch to reading to close the summer. That…

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Jun 05 2011

Induction Over, Institute Begins

Disclaimer: I fail at blogging. I totally forgot to post about induction. Hence, I’m using this post to write a little about each day. This may be the longest blog post ever. Still with me? Sweet! Wednesday, June 1st: Our first session of the day was on TFA’s Core Values. There are four: 1. Transformational…

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Jun 01 2011

I Don’t Even Know Where to Start

Today was bananas. I mean that in the best way possible. I am so energized yet overwhelmed by all of the information we received today. The first session was all about the achievement gap in Metro Atlanta (MATL). I won’t get in to specifics (at least not now) but I will say that I was…

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May 31 2011

Our Classrooms. Our Community.

Wow. I’ve been up since 5am this morning, yet I’ve never felt so energized and blessed. I really can’t process how excited I am about this gift I’ve been given. Not to say that today was easy. Check in was (as it always is) stressful and overwhelming. Moving was H-O-T. But I was so excited…

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May 30 2011

Feeling Blessed

Tomorrow starts Induction. I can’t believe it’s actually starting. I feel so blessed beyond words that I have this opportunity. I can’t wait to get started. The good thing is, I don’t have to wait much longer. I’m headed to bed early tonight. Tomorrow starts a whirlwind. And I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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May 26 2011

Overwhelmed, but Jazzed.

Induction begins in five days! Sorry, I just had to get that out there. Anyway. about 2 weeks ago, I graduated with my M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I’m the first woman in my family to get a Master’s, which is really exciting. Beyond the family thing, getting that degree was wrapped up…

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Apr 25 2011

220 is my new favorite number!

I passed the GACE (Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators) today! I am so excited to know that I am one step closer to being in the classroom. The last thing left is applying for an alternative certification program. I’m waiting for my next paycheck, but I should be applying on Friday. That means,…

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Apr 12 2011

Waiting Pays Off!

It’s official: I will have a teaching job in DeKalb County Schools this fall! On Sunday, literally 5 minutes after telling a friend how I was waiting to find out, I received an email from TFA saying I was selected for an elementary school position! SUCH a relief to know that for sure, 100%, I…

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Apr 04 2011

Thing #12423 I Need to Work On: Waiting

Let’s just get this out there: I am NOT good at the waiting game. Patience is a virtue, but it is a virtue that I admittedly lack. The smartphone- that little angel holding up her halo with devil horns- haunts me as I keep checking for the millionth time. I know we aren’t supposed to hear…

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