Wayward Journalist

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 19 2013


I held off on telling my students that I was leaving at the end of my corps member experience. My kids don’t know what Teach For America is, but they do know that all of the white teachers in this town have a weird habit of staying for only a two-year period. And I knew that, despite my intentions, I had to make that announcement to somewhat cap off the winding down of the year, as I felt it would result in lesser investment from students.
I knew the cat would get out of the bag quickly, so I chose to break the news to one of my afternoon classes on Thursday — the class most curious about me as a person — before telling every other class on Friday. After spending weeks deferring all questions, I promised that I would make an announcement in the final five minutes of that…

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May 01 2013

The end

I have a story to tell. And it’s going to be one of very few positive ones on this blog. When I joined Teach For America, I talked a little bit online with a corps member who grew up in suburban Houston. When we both moved to the Valley, we became quick friends, despite being…

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Apr 23 2013

Dirty pop

Every couple of weeks, I get an e-mail from TFA begging me to check out the latest posts on TeacherPop. When TeacherPop launched, I checked it out a bit in its first week. I liked some of what it had to offer. I liked feeling like I was part of something bigger. Now, however, it…

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Mar 10 2013

The final countdown

Spring break has begun! But more importantly (since if not for my job, I wouldn’t actually have a spring break), it’s test time in Texas schools, and the test that my students will take is about ten-or-so class days away. There’s been a lot of tension going into this past week, so the break is…

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Feb 03 2013

Everybody talks

In the small community that I teach in, there’s no shortage of gossip (better known as “chisme”). And in many cases, individuals are too consumed with their own reputations. In two particular actions in the hallway one morning this past week, one teacher – who claimed the day before that she knew that one of…

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Jan 03 2013

Going back

It’s my last day away from the Rio Grande Valley. I’m flying back tomorrow, and will be in the Valley and Texas until my time in Teach For America draws to a close in June. I’d pretty much had a meltdown before leaving for the holiday break. After having two stints with the flu during…

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Sep 28 2012

Your cheatin’ heart

For me, cheating in the classroom is a very serious subject. At the high school that I attended, cheating was a punishable offense – usually by a suspension. It was clear to me from middle school forward that plagiarism in any shape or form was unacceptable, and that being well-intentioned in regard to avoiding plagiarism…

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Sep 19 2012

Girl, you’ll be a woman soon

Last year, I was teaching the end marks of punctuation. Since I teach middle school, it is a rather sensitive age group. And made a rather serious error when checking for understanding… Are there any questions about periods? Thankfully, I didn’t get any questions I couldn’t answer. Tomorrow, it’s the return of the period lesson……

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Sep 16 2012


This weekend, I came across a really interesting (and relatable) article that the New York Times ran earlier this year. You can check out the piece for yourself, but it highlights students who cross the border each morning to attend school in the U.S. Many of the students profiled are U.S. citizens; some are not.…

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Sep 08 2012

A new day has come

I have had pretty much the most amazing start to this year. Last year at this point, I didn’t know how to call parents since pretty much none of them spoke English, I had a set of inconsistent consequences that was getting exhausted pretty much every day, I had sent at least one kid to…

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