Steel Curtain

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 28 2011

This Uncomfortable Thing Called Institute

MY LAST DAY OF INSTITUTE IS TOMORROW! I am really quite excited, even though I am surprisingly attached to my students that I have only known for 4 weeks. I ended up teaching at Mott Hall Bronx, which is a new summer school site for TFA this summer. I taught 25 students who all failed the Living Environment Regents Exam this past year. My first day teaching was a huge challenge. They did everything possible to push the limits and test me out, including refusing to take the diagnostic we had to give them, walking in and out of the classroom without permission and being plain defiant. Needless to say, after that first day, I felt pretty awful. Now here I am on my last day with the students and I am going to miss every single one of them and all of…

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Jun 27 2011

First day of NYC Institute

So far so good! St. Johns is pretty nice, and the rooms are plenty big enough. We haven’t gotten in to the nitty gritty yet, but once we do, I’m sure I won’t be quite as relaxed. I’m teaching Living Environment (aka biology) in a school in I believe Brooklyn, but I am not entirely…

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May 21 2011

Steel Curtain

By the way, I have chosen “Steel Curtain” to be the name of my blog for a few reasons. I am from Pittsburgh where we care more about football than…well everything else. In the 1970′s, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense was the backbone of our dynasty that led us to win 4 Super Bowls. The four…

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May 21 2011

Doing more harm than good

Good news!  I have graduated from college!  So now I have quite a bit of free time before I head to induction on June 19th, meaning that I am focusing solely on pre-institute work.  I’ve also been really trying to mentally prepare myself for what I have committed to.  Admittedly, I’ve started to become deflated…

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Feb 03 2011

And so it begins

As an incoming corps member, I wanted to create a blog from the beginning that chronicles my time teaching in Connecticut.  Admittedly, I have never blogged or recorded anything in my life to such an extent, but I hope to continue consistently adding posts even when I begin teaching (…when I have a feeling time…

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The chronicles of a Connecticut teacher. "It is better to be an optimist and proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

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