Danya in Dallas

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Apr 10 2013

Teach For America: Pluses and Deltas

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged on here. It’s been a busy, crazy year, but I’ve finally managed to pull something coherent. In the past couple of months, I’ve had quite a lot of experiences that have shaped my opinions on not only my experience as a corps member, but on Teach For America as a whole. I’ve assembled a Top 10 list of things that I’ve liked about Teach For America , and 10 things that I would improve. Obviously a lot of the improvements I suggest require a lot more money than what is being spent now, but I’ll go ahead and dream as if money was no object. This is by no means a set of exhaustive lists, and I have plenty more positive things to say and suggestions for changes/rethinking, but I’ll just leave it at ten so that this post can eventually be posted.

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As some of you might know, I’ve been without a car for a while now, and last week I started taking public transportation to work. Having lived in Chicago for four years,completely acclimated to public transportation there, I was very excited to try out this city’s DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) system, and so far…

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Sep 27 2012

1 Month

As of today, I’ve been teaching at Blanton for one month. One month? That’s it? It feels like I’ve been there for several. It feels like each week feels like a month. In this past month, I have: Gotten to know the names of the majority of my 60+ students. A few names still trip…

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Aug 29 2012

First Day of School Reflections

The night before the first day of the school year reminded me of the night before my first soccer game when I was in 2nd grade. I was really excited and got no sleep, and planned a lot. I drove to school exhausted, but meeting my kids gave me the energy I needed to make…

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Aug 26 2012

Thanksgiving Break in August

I will post a “Night Before First Day of School” post later tonight, God willing, but right now as I am freaking out and preparing to be ready to teach tomorrow, I wanted to take some time to list ten things I am thankful for: 1. Making it out of the accident with minimal injuries,…

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Aug 19 2012

August is the cruelest month (hopefully).

I apologize for not updating in quite a while. My computer broke in the middle of our first few days of training in Dallas, and it’s taken forever to get it fixed. My parents mailed me an old netbook of mine, which I am now using as the other one gets fixed. I was counting…

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Jul 31 2012

You Can Take A Girl out of the Scav Hunt…

but you can’t take the Scav Hunt out of the girl. One of the things that I realized at Institute is that I really have to start liking living in Dallas in order for me to be able to invest 100% in my students and my role here. It’s been a rough adjustment, but last…

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Jul 30 2012

Oh hey there.

Hello everyone. Sorry for the very long lapse in blogging. I got swamped in things to do with the end of Institute, the move to Dallas, my visit to Chicago, and the beginning of “First Eight Weeks” training that I haven’t gotten around to publishing an update. I had a very long post backed up…

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Jul 08 2012

Days 23-28: One Week Left

I am so sorry to not have updated in such a long time, once again. Teaching has been going super well. According to my supervisors, I’ve completely turned my classroom around in the past week since I sat down and came up with ways to improve what was going on. I still have to work…

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Jul 02 2012

Institute, Days 19-22: Theory and Practice

Again, I find very little time to blog as the focus becomes on turning my classroom around, but I feel like I should get some sort of update together. Since it’s been so long, this post won’t have an organizing theme, just different little snippets, probably in no particular order. Internal and external reasons: Today…

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