Day 1: Welcome to TFA

Day 1: Welcome to TFA

Read Part 1 --- Day 1: Charleston to Florence I was picked up from Amtrak by Josh Bell, the executive director for the South Carolina TFA region. During the short drive to Francis Marion University (the place where Induction would be held) he asked me a lot of...

Day 1: Charleston to Florence

Day 1: Charleston to Florence

Sure enough, I did not sleep well last night. I ended up going to bed around 4:00 a.m., but didn't fall asleep until about 4:30 a.m.. Bright orange light seeped in through the windows where the curtains didn't come all the way down, and the air conditioner from the...

Day 0: California to Charleston (South Carolina)

Day 0: California to Charleston (South Carolina)

I am on my way to Induction. It doesn't seem real. I spent Saturday and half of Sunday in a flurry, packing my previous life into boxes that were now sitting in a corner of my house, and packing some essentials into my luggage. I was going to be flying Southwest, so I...

Getting Fingerprinted

One of the things Teach for America requires of new corps members is that they join Americorps. To do that, corps members must first submit some paperwork which includes two sets of fingerprints. This must be done before arriving at Induction. Getting my fingerprints...

Don’t Believe the 40 Hours

After you accept your position as a Teach for America corps member, TFA sends you a PDF with links to articles and videos that you're supposed to read, watch, and absorb before arriving at Induction. They tell you it should take 40 hours, and give you a timeline for...

Robin Makes It to the Semi-Finals!

Robin Makes It to the Semi-Finals!

Thank you to everyone who posted a review of my book, Robin: Lady of Legend! It has successfully made it to the Semi-Finals of Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award. That means it beat out 99% of the competition (in other words, it was in the top 1% of all entries). The...

The Unauthorized Teacher’s Survival Guide

The Unauthorized Teacher’s Survival Guide

I came across an abandoned book recently called The Unauthorized Teacher's Survival Guide by Jack Warner and Clyde Bryan. It is truly an excellent resource for beginning teachers (especially those who will be teaching Elementary)! It is short (only 168 real pages) and...

Praxis II: 5015 — My Experience

So I just got done taking the Praxis II: 5015 (Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications) and wanted to share with all of you my experience. Check out the two posts below: Praxis II: 5015 — Done! Praxis II: 5015 — Study Guide   UPDATE: I...

Praxis II: 5015 — Study Guide

I took the Praxis II: 5015 (Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications) recently and wanted to share with you some terms/concepts I found particularly useful to know! Though this guide is based off the Praxis II: 5015 test, it is also pertinent to...

Praxis II: 5015 — Done!

I took the Praxis II: 5015 (Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications) today. I'm not allowed to write any of the questions from the test (I wouldn't anyway), but I can tell you in general how it went. I thought the multiple-choice was pretty easy,...

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