A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

As a Diverse Learner (Special Education) resident teacher, there is a lot of variety in my schedule. This is an example of what my day looks like:

7 a.m.: Arrive at school, meet with my mentor teacher and co-resident in our classroom to discuss the day’s schedule.

8:05 a.m.: The students start arriving and I greet them as they enter the build...

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They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds

They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds

We are about halfway through our residency, and I just finished my second Lead Teach; six full days of running our classroom on my own. It was exhausting and exhilarating and emotional, and I learned so much about myself and about my kids. On the first day, I started off by implementing a new morning greeting—an individual handshake, high five, or hug for each of my third graders. This wa...

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Inspiring Words of Love and Justice

Inspiring Words of Love and Justice

This week, I got the chance to write and deliver personal notes to my students to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. This was a service project we did for our AmeriCorps program, but it was more of a pleasure for me than anything. I believe that it is extremely important to educate all youth about social justice and civil rights movements. Dr. King is not only an icon of the Af...

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Graduate Address: Robin Purman

Graduate Address: Robin Purman

Last August, after a summer of graduate school classes and weeks of waiting in anticipation for our school and mentor placements, I was finally, finally in Solorio Academy High School, setting up my classroom with my mentor. As we got to know each other while organizing, cleaning and decorating our room, she said something to me that I will never forget: “...

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