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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Feb 08 2013


My observation days are over.

It was an interesting day to start teaching, but I’m trying to go with the flow.  It’s spirit week, 2nd block was a pep rally, and we got out early today because of the projected snow coming with Nemo.  In the midst of all that, though, I finally got to introduce myself to the classes and do a small activity regarding classroom expectations.  As part of my introduction, I gave each student a half-sheet of paper with a small survey on it, to help me get to know them.  I walked them through each question and gave my answers as they filled out their own.  Here are some of the responses:

1. What’s your favorite thing you have read (can be a book, poem, comic book, magazine, newspaper, blog, etc.) and why?

  • Coldest Winter Ever – relateable
  • A book I read in fifth grade called Number the Stars because it was the first book I read about a serious matter and it has stuck with me.
  • TransWorld Ride BMX
  • Bluford Series, because I can relate to the characters
  • My favorite thing that I’ve ever read doesn’t really narrow down to one thing.  It’s difficult for me to read something and dislike it or favor it.
  • “The Rose that Grew from the Concrete” by Tupac.  I like it because it has meaning we can relate to.
  • I hate reading anything unless it is a message on my phone.

2. What are your plans for next year?  Where do you hope they take you in the future?

  • Go to Brigham Young University in the summer hopefully on a scholarship for running.  I want to coach high school/college.
  • Move out of my house and go to college.  Be more independent.  I hope to bet my bachelors of nursing.
  • As of next year I will be a freshman in college as well as take care of my child who is on the way.  I know it will make me strive to be more successful.
  • Move to North Carolina and become a tattoo artist.
  • I had a passion for nursing and working in the ER but I currently have no idea what I want to do and I’m freaking out.
  • Keep working to save up for college.
  • Military

3. What do you love?

  • Basketball
  • Anime, music, food
  • Justin Bieber
  • I love to draw, exercise, and write stories.
  • TV
  • I love to be around loved ones.
  • Going to church, family, skateboarding, making others happy

4. What should I know about you that will help us communicate well and/or help you succeed in this class?

  • I naturally respect anybody, as long as they return the favor. I like hard criticism, and I am 100% honest with how I feel towards a situation. I love when teachers are patient with me, and when they are also 100% honest.
  • I have ADHD, but if it’s a good topic I can focus.  I love writing poems and songs.
  • Ever since I was a young child I’ve been writing fiction and poems.  My favorite thing is to write, however I find it extremely difficult to write when prompted, making essays difficult.
  • If I don’t really participate in class it doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention.  I learn better when I listen, and like to keep to myself.
  • First year out of ESL.  Have a little trouble with English. I learn better when things are explained to me.
  • I’m a hands on learner so poster type projects are good for me.
  • I am deaf in my left ear. I am really tired in the morning.  If I’m late, it’s cause I can’t hear my alarm clock.
  • I might not always look at you when you’re talking, but I’m listening.  I’m kind of shy at first.

5. Share one random fact about yourself.

  • I have been a vegetarian since 2nd grade.
  • I am 50% French, 50% black, and my family and I speak French.
  • I want to join the foundation Invisible Children. My sister was involved with it and I’d love to actually go to Uganda and assist.
  • I play guitar, drums, and piano.
  • I speak 3 languages.
  • I can clap with my feet.
  • I have over 600 hours of community service.
  • I work two jobs.


For the most part, they answered these much more sincerely than I expected.  I’m really excited to work with these students and continue to get to know them.

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