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Jun 29 2012

Institute, Day 18: But I’m a Cheerleader!

I keep not having time to write a lengthy post, or really email anyone back. If it’s not one thing it’s another. I’ve finished my second week of teaching at Dowling Middle School. I think over the weekend I am going to be thinking long and hard about how to turn my classroom around, because…

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Jun 28 2012

Institute, Day 17: Back to Business

So today I taught three classes – mine, and those of other corps members who went to visit KIPP today. It went better than I thought it would be, and now all of that is over and I am back to just teaching my kids, except for tomorrow where¬† I will have to visit another…

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I’m holding myself to sleep at 1AM tonight because I’m teaching two extra classes in addition to my own tomorrow, but I just wanted to give a brief update. This morning was almost just as bad as yesterday even though I didn’t have any students and it had to do with other things, but I…

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Jun 25 2012

Institute, Day 15: Real Talk

Even when you feel like you’ve survived your “worst day of Institute,” another “worst day of Institute” might pop up when you least expect it. One might not be quantifiably worse than the other, but instead it is “worst” in different ways. Today was discouraging in its own way and I feel like my foundations…

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Jun 24 2012

Institute, Days 11-14: The Catcher in the Rye

I’m up late tonight because I slept all day today, but my thoughts have my head spinning, and it’s not just the summer flu I’ve managed to pick up. I’ve been teaching – yes, teaching – for a week now. Over the past week, I think my biggest accomplishment is getting through to some of…

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Jun 20 2012

Institute, Day 9-10: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Yesterday was rough! I woke up in a horrible, horrible mood, and so did most of the people at Institute. This is the part of Institute that I had always been told about but never believed would happen to me or those around me. I’m used to surviving stereotypical predictions like “where fun comes to…

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Jun 18 2012

Institute, Day 8: First Things First

Today was my first day of teaching! I finally got to meet my students, and taught them about expository essays (both sequential and compare and contrast). I used fresh oranges as a prop to get my students to start thinking about sequential writing (explain how to eat an orange!), but it ended up backfiring on…

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Jun 18 2012

Institute, Days 6-7: Calm Before the Storm

So I don’t have much time to post, but that is because tomorrow is the BIG DAY! My first day actually teaching kids. I am super excited to meet them. This weekend I ended up rushing to Kroger in the few hours before Shabbat, and bought enough things for a nice little dinner by myself,…

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Jun 15 2012

Institute, Days 4-5: Discipline and Punish (?)

On Wednesday night, I went to sleep at 1:15AM! This is quite an accomplishment, and I could feel the difference between 5 hours of sleep and 3 hours of sleep as soon as I got some coffee in me. I walked into Dowling Middle School in an energetic, awake mood at 7:30AM. I was even…

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Jun 14 2012

Institute, Day 3: The Science of Sleep

As expected, Institute is taking its toll on even my famously poor sleep habits. I’ve been going to bed at 3AM most nights or, 2AM when I am lucky and organized. When you wake up at 6AM every morning, that’s not a lot of sleep hours, and it really makes the rest of the day…

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