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Sep 10 2012


A scrambled and somewhat incomplete recap of observations and thoughts coming from a first-year CM/CPS teacher on the first (last?) day of the CTU strike in Chicago. My school is very pro-Union. During my first union meeting this summer, before a strike date had even been set, teachers were talking angrily in the meetings and…

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Aug 02 2012

And so, it’s August 1st again.

It’s 10:17 p.m. CST on August 1st, and I sit here on my couch, watching the Olympics and looking at my Twitter feed aflutter with tweets about Michael Phelps, gymnastics, and … the TFA 2013 application going live. ( Oh, Twitter, that’s why I love thee. You’re always there to remind me of those special…

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How does anyone have any free time at Institute? (I am fully aware of my automatic contradiction of this statement by blogging right now.) I drank TFA’s Kool-Aid during the first week of Institute, but I feel like I’m going to need a few more strong cups (preferably with some 5 Hour Energy) before next…

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Jun 15 2012

“All The Children Are Above Average”

I need to give a quick shout of thanks to Garrison Keillor. Yesterday was interview day, and while it didn’t produce the results I wanted, it at least gave me a comforting experience with one of the interviewers. “So,” he said, looking at my resume. “Did Garrison Keillor drive you down here,” (I laughed) “and are…

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Jun 13 2012

The Obligatory First Post

Ever since I stumbled upon Teach For Us, I’ve dreamed about writing my own blog on the site. One day, I thought… Well, that day has come, and it’s been a long one. After spending the night in a Ramada on Lake Shore Drive, Mom and I pulled up to the Illinois Institute of Technology…

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