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Feb 09 2012

resilience

TFA has a few essential qualities that they look for in prospective CMs, and I memorized them when I was interviewing (yes, I did — see my “applying?” page for how ridiculously over-prepared I was for my interview).  I don’t remember them any more, but I think that TFA should definitely add resilience to its…

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Aug 28 2011

goals for week 3

1. leave school by 5:30 pm every day 2. don’t get to school before 7 am every day.  I’m not very productive before school anyway. 3. go to the gym 3 times 4. avoid negative people and hang out with positive people 5. circulate when I teach 6. be stricter and more consistent with consequences…

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I spent $80 on amazon.com yesterday on teaching books and an Abraham Lincoln poster!  I got: Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov (I’ve already read it, but it’s definitely worth buying) Beyond Survival and Reluctant Disciplinarian by Gary Rubenstein (came TFA-recommended) Discipline in the Secondary Classroom:  A Positive Approach to Behavior Management by Randall…

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Jan 21 2011

Praxis I and Harry K. Wong

I took my Praxis I Combined Test yesterday, and it was nothing to write home about, thankfully.  If you took the ACT/SAT in high school, you should be fine. I also got the Math Teacher’s Survival Guide by Judith A. Muschla and an MLK Jr. poster!  I created a “Teaching!” wishlist on amazon.com, mostly comprised…

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"If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln