The Adventures of Ms. A

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Sep 19 2012


Attention first years, the second year is better!
I woke up this morning after a 4 day weekend feeling stressed and unhappy to be waking up.  I dreamt (again) of teaching, and sweating in front of the kids, and not being prepared.  I rushed around before school making copies (once again) in a room packed with teachers doing last minute tasks, and I went into class with the feeling that I would have to be winging it.
Then class started.
And my day didn’t really TURN AROUND, persay.  But my lesson plan turned out to be strong, and my kids laughed, and I got into my mode, and shit turned out ok.  I came out of the day feeling happy, feeling accomplished, feeling proud.  My students are hilarious.  My students are so smart.  My students talk too much, make me lose my voice everyday, my students complain, my students don’t always do what…

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I love my kids.  I mean, I would take a bullet for my kids.  Each and every single one of them.  Teaching is the greatest thing in the world.  I am learning more about them.  They come to my room before school, and during lunch.  They make me smile.  I want the world for them.…

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Sep 23 2011

What do you teach?

Not the easiest question to answer.  I usually answer with what we are studying at the time, which right now is gender roles, how gender roles affect our lives, and how the media perpetuates these roles. We start each day with a morning circle.  Everyone sits in a circle and says their name and how…

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Jul 10 2011


Institute is hard!!!!!!!!!

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Jul 03 2011

One week in New York

This week has been out of control.  I have slept less than 5 hours a night.  Lesson planning is hard and I get little feedback except that I need to do them over.  I am having more problems with content than I thought- I need to research what everything is that I’m teaching extensively before…

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Jun 13 2011

last night in california

it is my last night in california and it is sinking in that it is my last night everything is going to be different in every way in my life and i hope that it goes alright i feel like i am living in a dream and have been living in a dream and the…

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Things I Have in Common With (the Likely Majority) of my Students Knowing how it feels to struggle academically Having had teachers who have low expectations of you Seeing a parent struggle with money Feeling powerless/frustrated/furious about the injustices in your community Things I Don’t Have in Common With (the Likely Majority) of my Students Being…

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Mar 12 2011

Hello World!

I chuckled as I made the corny headliner of this page.  Calling myself “Ms.A” in my head is still strange.  Just 3 months till institute.  Sometimes I still can’t believe its going to happen- that I’m going to be thousands of miles away from my home(s), teaching my own classroom of students, truly on my…

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