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Jun 30 2008

Relentless Pursuit

I’m currently reading Relentless Pursuit by Donna Foote and, in it, I came across something that resonated profoundly with me. It echoes my frustrations from the last three years: “When Hrag graduated from high school, he might not have been able to give an exact definition of a DNA polymerase, but he could take a…

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Jun 29 2008

ENC Pictures

You hear a lot in the TFA organization about “Why I teach for America.” Well, I thought I’d show you a little bit about where I teach for America. The Eastern North Carolina region of TFA stretches north from Durham all the way up the I-95 corridor to the Virginia border. I taught (and still…

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Jun 25 2008

Class lists…

I got the list of classes that I’ll be teaching next year today. Part of me wants to say “Finally!” as I was supposed to have this a week or so ago. The other part of me reminds me that last year, at my placement school, I didn’t find out exactly what my classes were…

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Jun 22 2008

Eastern North Carolina

10 things about Eastern North Carolina: 1. The street names around here are awesome. Within about 45 minutes driving distance of where I live you can find Beef Tongue Rd., Pickle Plant Dr., Hymen Blvd., and roads whose names contain the last name of literally every single student I have taught in three years. 2.…

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Jun 17 2008

Turning around…

Well, day two of summer school in my new district has come and gone. Yesterday was a complete cluster. The AP who was nominally in charge of summer school had been out of town since last Wednesday (his father passed away) and no one seemed to know anything about anything. What rooms are we in?…

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Jun 14 2008

Summer Goals

I start teaching summer school in my new district on Monday, so it doesn’t really feel like it to me, but this is the first weekend of Summer. I have a lot of goals, small and large, for the summer. I’m going to see if writng them down here will prevent me from doing nothing…

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Jun 13 2008

One Last Thing…

I realize that this blog has been like the all nostalgia, all the time, channel lately. I promise that this is the last (rather self indulgent) post of that kind. My room is bare. My desk is clean (um…well, sort of…) My car is packed (I actually had to force the back door closed with…

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Jun 11 2008

Work Day

Cleaning out my room and listening to my ipod. ? “No one, no one, no-o o-o-o-one, could get in the way of what I feel…” ? I’m finding all sorts of things that I haven’t seen in forever (and lots of evidence of mice come and gone). Ooh, look. My first semester EOC scores. Lets…

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Jun 10 2008

Last day of school

(Updated periodically throughout the day)   Live blogging the last day of school. Thrilling minute to minute updates follow. 7:22am – I am alerted to the presence of students on the hallway, not by the bell, but by a pack of Freshmen rapping their way down past my room (…about lip gloss? …Odd. ) 7:24am…

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Jun 09 2008

Conflicting emotions.

Today is technically a school day, although there are very few kids here because finals are over and graduation is done. I finally started admitting to kids that I was leaving next year on Thursday (after I gave my last final). I have had mixed reactions, in 4th block the scene played out as such……

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Jun 06 2008

Interviews.

Yesterday before graduation I was able to swing by our local community college where ENC was holding the second of its two interview days. Our school interviewed nine (nine!) new CMs but, of course, due to some administrative snafus (in the true sense of the word) my fellow 05 CM was the only one manning…

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Jun 06 2008

Graduation

Graduation for the class of 2008 was yesterday. It was extremely moving for me, more so than I had perhaps anticipated. As the kids marched in to Pomp and Circumstance (or, in one case, strutted in waving and blowing kisses) I definitely found myself teary. There were only four students who walked across that stage…

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Jun 06 2008

Tuesday.

I had a very nice and rather relaxing (!) day yesterday. We’re on testing schedule all week this week, so I have one block in the morning from 7:30am until 12:00 (Testing block) and one block in the afternoon for about an hour and a half (Review block). Yesterday my testing block was 2nd period.…

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Jun 02 2008

EOC me

Well, testing day one is done. I have predicted my kids to come in at about 50% pass rate, which is pretty low for me, but still well above the average in the area. We’ll see how it goes. I should have the scores back tomorrow. One of my kids led the willing in a…

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Jun 02 2008

End of Year Survey Comments:

What was your favorite thing about this class? “”The mellow mood and upbeat atmosphere.” “Easy homework”  “The teaching, the PowerPoints and the notesheets” “Note process” “The simple and easy work.” “Eating snacks.” What was your least favorite thing about this class? “Nothing.” “Notesheets” “The subject.” The notesheets every single day” “Notes” “1 hour, 30 minutes”  Describe…

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