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Feb 16 2013

can I afford to be a teacher?

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. Before I was in TFA, teaching was all I ever wanted to do. I absolutely love teaching. But as I look at my options for next year, I’m forced to think practically. Can I afford to continue teaching? Before I started teaching, I had no debt. I had…

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Feb 13 2012

keep moving forward

overheard today, in the middle of a discussion about scatter plots: “Do moles have cancer?  Do they affect your life?” I don’t know why I found that funny, but suddenly everything my students said was hilarious.  Sometimes when I’m tired, I get really cranky or really loopy — either one, not both.  Today I was…

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Oct 29 2011

money

I’m going to be incredibly tacky and write about money.  This is for all of you potential future TFAers out there.  I expected/was prepared for a lot of things about this whole TFA experience, but I really had a misconception about money.  I thought that once I was making a teacher’s salary and living in…

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Aug 22 2011

sixth day

More positive than negative.  That’s the new way I’m going to frame my days now: I’m going to add up all of the positive things about the day and stack them against the negative. + I’m so busy during the week that I have less time to be lonely and homesick + 2 1/2 of…

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