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Jul 01 2012

6/29 “To them we cannot say ‘tomorrow.’  Their name is ‘today.’”  -Gabriela Mistral Today marks the first day of the second half of summer school.  I left my lesson on Wednesday glowing.  The kids’ exit tickets tied my first lesson for their highest average scores!  In discussion, students were smiling and articulating the steps of…

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Jun 30 2012

Hills and Valleys

6/22 “No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.” -Thich Nhat Hanh Le sighhhhh.  So much easier said then done.  Institute is challenging in such different ways than what I expected.  I knew it would be tough, and I knew it would be overwhelming.  I expected long nights of no sleep and overcrowded, rowdy classes.…

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Jun 18 2012

Last Night as “Erin”

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” -Dalai Lama I took a break from writing my mini lesson plans to look at Amy Z.’s blog–one of my favorites!  She did not disappoint, as this quote at the top of the page…

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Jun 15 2012

Surviving Institute

“It’s my daily mood that makes the weather.” -Dr. Hiam Ginott We heard this quote today in one of our COA (Culture of Achievement) sessions.  These sessions are meant to develop a cohesive plan which partners student investment strategies with classroom management strategies in order to develop a culture where students are working to achieve…

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Jun 13 2012

Induction: Day 5

6/9 “All kids can do it.  You can do it, too.”  -Sherese This wonderful piece of advice from my TTL (Transition Team Leader) will get me through the next five weeks and the subsequent two years.  Throughout Induction, we’ve figured out the “why?” of this movement.  Through sharing our stories and hearing stories of Memphis,…

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Jun 13 2012

Induction: Day 4

6/8 “As Memphians, help change our city, help change our world, help change a life.” -Kenya Bradshaw At dinner tonight, our keynote speaker talked about how each of us should leave dinner as a Memphian, invested in becoming a part of this community and enriching the world around us.  How very fitting since I found…

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Jun 13 2012

Induction: Day 3

“Statistics are not destiny.”  -Dr. Doug Imig Today, we explored some cold hard facts about the state of education and the achievement gap right here in Memphis.  Learning that only 4% of Memphis children growing up in poverty and attending Memphis City Schools graduate college ready made me sad and then angry.  This is one…

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Jun 13 2012

Induction: Day 2

6/6 “There was this community feeling that we were going to help each other get the job done, live through it.”  -East Memphis Woman Maybe I should give up control more often.  I was hired on the spot today after my interview with City University School of Liberal Arts.  I’ll be teaching 9th grade English,…

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Jun 13 2012

Induction: Day 1

6/5 “This is not a fluke.” -Theo (Memphis ’09) During our opening dinner program tonight, Theo told the story of a student who taught him his reason for being in Memphis.  “This is not a fluke,” he explained to myself and the roughly 170 other incoming 2012 corps members.  Each of us is meant to…

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Jun 13 2012

Infinite

If you had infinite time, money, and resources, what would you do?  Without all of those impossible infinities, why discard that dream?  Teach For America looks for visionaries.  People who make big goals and persevere until they meet them, inspiring transformational change in their students and communities.  While I feel like those are very big…

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