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Nov 16 2012

B is for Because

Stacey and Ryan, the co-founders of eAdvance, have begun asking staff members to present at our weekly meetings about the eAdvance story and our roles in it.  The following is my presentation from this morning. I met Stacey and Ryan on January 19, 2012.  They were two South Africans on a research trip to the…

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Jul 26 2012

B is for Band

My students are featured on the band OK Go’s Facebook page for their simple machine drawings based on the music video “This Too Shall Pass” (http://vimeo.com/10977948). As a Do Now activity in spring 2011, they were instructed to watch the video, choose a favorite simple machine, and explain how the machine changed the direction of…

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Jul 26 2012

B is for Belief

Today marks one month since I left the Bay Area.  In 11 days, I will move to Johannesburg, South Africa to begin my next adventure in education.  I will serve as the Director of Development and Leadership for EAdvance, a uniquely South African education company that provides affordable private education to low income communities.  Similar…

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Jun 21 2011

B is for Board Meeting

Last Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Education convened to hear a proposal from Rocketship Education to open 20 more charter elementary schools in the next 5 years.  In terms of community impact, this would make Rocketship one of the two largest districts in San Jose by 2018.  Students, families, and community members filled…

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Jun 03 2011

B is for “Beat the Test”

It has been two months since my last post, and my mood has improved considerably.  I went on a cute mini-vacation with my roommate to Mendocino, California (a tiny bed-and-breakfast town on the Pacific coast), visited a childhood friend in Seattle who lives on her sailboat, and road-tripped to Los Angeles last weekend.  I am…

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Feb 03 2011

B is for Benchmark (II)

It’s that time of year again: my classes completed benchmark testing two weeks ago, and parent-teacher conferences are this week.  Fortunately, I was able to schedule all my conferences Monday through Thursday, leaving Friday for an excursion into San Francisco with a friend from William and Mary.  While the great blizzard of 2011 hits the…

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Dec 27 2010

B is for Before You Apply

These TFA blogs demonstrate an important aspect of the organization that is rarely publicized, but very important.  Every corps member has a completely different experience than the others.  Even corps members who live together, teach in the same schools, and share students encounter totally different challenges and enjoy totally different successes.  For that matter, every…

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Dec 15 2010

B is for Behavior

I spent last Tuesday through Friday at a training for Project GLAD, the Guided Language Acquisition Design program that provides strategies for instruction of English Language Learners (ELL).   Since 75% of Rocketship students are ELL, I appreciated the opportunity to learn how best to serve them.  The strategies are certainly geared more toward literacy instruction,…

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Dec 07 2010

B is for Benchmark

Rocketship students take a math benchmark test five times a year to provide aligned data on their progress toward proficient and advanced status on the California Standards Test.  This data is a point of departure for my unit and lesson plans, and it keeps students accountable for their progress. …if only there were a blogging…

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Sep 22 2010

B is for Buzz

In its third year (2009-2010), Rocketship Mateo Sheedy achieved a stunning 925 (out of 1000) API score .  This ranked us #5 in the state of California for our category of elementary schools, as we far surpassed San Jose public schools and the California average.  This year, our goal is a 950, and all the…

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Sep 11 2010

B is for Back

I think it speaks to the absurdity of my new teaching life that I have not updated this (b is for) blog in the past six weeks.  I should ascribe to the same rule I use with my students’ homework (“No excuses!”), but I feel justified in my insufficient updates.  Coming off of 90 hour…

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Bailey Thomson, Bay Area Corps Member 2010

Region
Bay Area
Grade
Elementary School
Subject
Math

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