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Apr 07 2013

Spring Break, or, Why I Worked All Break

Tonight is the last night of my spring break, and the last day I will have off (besides weekends, which barely count ;)) until June 28.  There is much to be said. First off, the short answer to the question “Srta. D, why did you work over your spring break?” is because I needed some…

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Jan 20 2013

What Has Been Happening?

Well, I am still teaching Spanish For America.  I am now considered a fully certified K-12 Spanish teacher.  And, in line with my 2-year commitment, I am still teaching at the same school.  Year 2 is much better, overall, and I’ll explain some reasons why. When I walked into my school at the beginning of last…

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Feb 23 2012

My kids: infuriatingly awesome

Weekly update here.  You know, I think three weeks after the last one.  I’m bad at this game.  I’ll start with some stories that I never, ever want to lose and so I hope I read this site when I’m a million and one. First off, a kid that I have a lot of trouble…

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Jan 14 2012

It’s beeeeen One Week!

So I’ve decided to try and commit to a weekly reflection, posted here, about the week/my job in general/education in general/TFA haps in my region.  The wandering of a slightly crazed elementary school Spanish teacher This week was our first week back at the job (we had two weeks off instead of the usual one).…

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Jan 09 2012

Teaching in 2012: Lots of thoughts

I think my resolution this year is to live intentionally. I want to erase those moments of cool irony from my life–I think it takes a lot of courage to announce your passion for the world, to embrace it and its wonder. It is easier and safer to be cynical and jaded. But if more…

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Mar 15 2011

Praxis II Spanish: World Language Update

A super quick note–I PASSED! I got a 184 on the Praxis II Spanish: World Language test. 168 was passing for the state of New Jersey and I am SO happy right now. Update with the EE: CK score in a few weeks. ‘Till then, stay safe and happy guys! –H

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Mar 12 2011

The big post-Praxis update

First I wanted to take a quick serious second to register my sadness at the tragedy that’s befallen Japan and the ongoing crisis.  I encourage everyone to donate to a group like the Red Cross and help show international support for a human cause. That said. I have SO much to cover!  In the interest…

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Feb 15 2011

Praxis II Spanish: World Language

Welp, this is a bit late to help much of anyone this time around, but I figure that a) since it’s a new test, and b) since it’s a requirement for at least the future NJ Spanish teachers/TFA CMs teaching Spanish in lots of places out there, I would give my impressions of the test. …

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Jan 30 2011

Teach For…Shenanigans?

Before I start, I’d like to note that if I have to change my password every time I try and log in here (because I’m an ijit that doesn’t remember her password, but only for this one site), I’m going to be very grumpy at myself. That being said, it’s time to update the larger…

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It hasn’t been all that long since I’ve updated, but I am enthusiastically avoiding reading and organizing my thesis (though I AM excited that it recently was accepted into the Nation Conference of Undergraduate Research!), and I thought it would be nice to update the larger world out there on the post-acceptance process.  There’s SO…

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