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Rafe Esquith Speaks Out About Common Core, TFA, and Teaching

In this post, Valerie Strauss interviews Rafe Esquith. It was published in 2013, in connection with the publication of his book, “Real Talk for Real Teachers.” He started teaching in 1983. 814 more words

All Things Day 1 of Institute

June 22 2015

Well day one of Institute and I have already broken down.

I will be teaching at Boys’ Latin Charter School in West Philadelphia for the next 5 weeks.  1,095 more words

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All Things Induction

June 19 2015

It is Friday night and Induction has officially ended.  I am one of like five humans left in the dorms and I am incredibly lonely. 956 more words

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All Things New in New Jersey

June 17 2015

I have been in New Jersey for four days now. It’s hard to formulate words for how I feel. I had to drop Ed off at the airport this morning so I am officially taking on this city alone. 434 more words

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Summer Lovin'...happened so fast (uh-huh)

I feel suddenly so many emotions with the approach of summer and the sweltering death-heat that has overcome my apartment in the afternoons. The roomie and I now retire to our hand-me-down couch under the poorly placed air conditioner after school. 716 more words


A segregated lunch table

This summer, I have had an awesome opportunity to work as a conference intern at a premier private school. Currently, one of the best non-profit programs, Teach For America, is using the facilities to prepare the future educators of our children. 272 more words

I completed Induction! Can I get 2 Claps and a Whoot Whoot!?

I finally finished my entire first week! Yayy me! And I can feel it right now…all of it. I am so so so sleepy. And unfortunately I will now have even less time than before. 423 more words