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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

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Dear Teach For America / Teach For Us blog friends, Due to a combination of circumstances out of my control, I had to leave the 2012 corps a few months ago. However, I am still in the Teach For America program, and the joys of teaching have been so incredible that I look forward to…

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Wow, it’s been about half a year since my last blog post, and since I’ve joined Teach For America. And no kidding: I’ve really been that busy with teaching. Swamped. I am thoroughly convinced that teachers have the hardest job in the world. And not just because of the insane long hours (which is reason…

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Teaching is hard.  I have so much mad respect for all my past teachers…there is so much endless, underappreciated, behind-the-scenes work that goes into good teaching. I wanted to take a minute to reflect on 3 things I’ve come to realize from these last few weeks that I personally need to do in order to…

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Just set my wakeup alarm (and some backup alarms) for ~5:20am.  Wow, they weren’t kidding about this summer.  Teaching boot camp.  Granted, I’m viewing life through some dark-colored lenses right now considering I’ve been majorly, majorly sleep-deprived for the last week and a half…so everything seems much worse than it is.  But what good will…

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Basking in the obnoxiously perfect Southern California weather, I stopped by UCLA’s main commencement ceremony on Friday…and couldn’t help but think of my own college graduation at UCLA 2 years ago.  Back when it was June 11, 2010: I sat in one of those oh-so-elite seats reserved for graduating seniors, and listened to those oh-so-cheesy…

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