Day 6: Practice Teaching

Day 6: Practice Teaching

Once again, I am writing this blog post well after the fact. (I got only 45 minutes of sleep on Thursday, so I was in no shape to write anything by Friday.) Today was actually a pretty neat day. I forget what we did in the early morning, but we spent the mid-morning...

Day 5: High Expectations

Day 5: High Expectations

Today we began our school day in our CMA (Corps Member Advisor) groups. My group consisted of myself, seven other corps members, and our corps member advisors. We went in a round-robin sharing our "vision" for our summer school classroom, with the others commenting on...

Day 4: Lesson Plans

Day 4: Lesson Plans

I'm going to start writing about this day in the middle, since it's actually been four days since all this occurred, and I no longer remember the details. Today was the first time we saw our kids. My teaching group (myself and three other corps members) filed into our...

Day 3: Classroom Vision

Day 3: Classroom Vision

The morning began much like yesterday's, except that I didn't fall out of bed this time around when my alarm went off. Breakfast today was Special K, and once again I managed to board the bus before it was time to go. At the school, we signed in and then immediately...

Day 2: B.E.S.T. Academy

Day 2: B.E.S.T. Academy

I am so tired, but I am going to tell you about my day instead of going to sleep. You should feel very important, because you are! 5:00 am didn't dawn (it was still dark), but I got up anyway. Rather, I fell down, as my bed was about four feet off the ground. I ended...

Day 1: Welcome to Atlanta Institute

Day 1: Welcome to Atlanta Institute

It hurt to wake up at 6:30 am. Not really, but kind of. My comfort was the knowledge that I would get to sleep in the car on the way down to Atlanta. I packed my morning stuff, loaded my bags into the car I would be riding in, and went to turn in my key. My driver got...

Day 5: Story of Self (Last Day)

Day 5: Story of Self (Last Day)

Breakfast today was at 8:30 am, so I had an extra 15 minutes (well, twenty-five; I snoozed my alarm for the first time) to sleep in. When I got to the dining hall, there was a line leading into the room for us to pick up an envelope and notecard in order to send a...

Day 4: Reflection and Kids

Day 4: Reflection and Kids

Breakfast started at 8:15 am today instead of 8:00 am, which meant I actually arrived well before we began...I even had time to grab two KFC-style biscuits. Yummy! Josh introduced someone new this morning, a black man named Kwame. He talked to us about how Teach for...

Day 3: Hiring Fair

Day 3: Hiring Fair

I got so much sleep last night! Nearly five hours. Seriously, I was excited. I had to get up early because there was going to be a hiring fair in the afternoon, so I had to look really nice. Fortunately, it wasn't raining at all today, so the humidity wasn't quite as...

Day 2: Transformational Change

Day 2: Transformational Change

I awoke at 7:30 a.m. intending to skip breakfast, as I was really tired and preferred my sleep to food. It was raining outside (warm, steamy rain) which naturally made my hair frizz, which meant I had to spend more time than I had planned to trying to calm it. I...

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