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Dear First-Year, Congratulations for your acceptance into Mississippi Teacher Corps, kick back, celebrate, enjoy knowing that you have a job beginning June 2011. That being said, use this time to think long and hard about why you are joining MTC. Possibly write down a list, keep it in a safe... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Conor's blog
My Blog: A Retrospective After taking some time to go back and rereading my blog from the beginning, I noticed a couple things. 1. The gigantic hole in blog posts during the 3rd-4th 9 weeks last year. During this period of time, I posted almost nothing, shared very little information... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Conor's blog
Join, Don’t Join Last year, I wrote extensively on the topic “why should someone join or not join MTC”. So to offer my second year take, I’m going to model off of the popular short story “Unfortunately”. Fortunately, the people you meet in MTC are some of the most accomplished,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Conor's blog
Freewrite Honestly, I don’t have much to write about. I am starting to get tired. I have stopped sleeping as much and as such, I am not nearly as effective as I was with time in the classroom. But enough about teaching, lets talk about something else. Namely, soccer. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Conor's blog
Looking back at many of the portfolios over the years a couple things stood out to me. 1. They are all mostly the same 2. I am a huge fan of the orderliness of the portfolios. I don't know whether that is a function of the teachers themselves or the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Conor's blog
I never seriously thought about quitting. But as someone who had a very tumultuous first year teaching who experienced a lot of difficult and diverse times, I have thought loud and hard about how I could have had my experience improved. Let me preface this by saying that MTC has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Conor's blog
I believe that October, like the Yankees, is overrated (note to editor, I don't know how to make that verb match). Yeah I get it, its long, tedious, I run out of lesson plans, etc., but let me tell you, NOVEMBER is the worst. You see October, you get ready,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Conor's blog
A Day in the Life So a typical day in the life of Conor McDowell looks something like this... 5:50: Get out of bed 5:51: Brush my teeth 5:53: Put on pants, shirts, clean underwear, and a tie if I'm really feeling professional, Begin looking for a matched pair of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Conor's blog
So last night I had my first game on the middle school sidelines as an assistant coach. I will rank this experience as the most helpless I have ever felt in my entire life. Watching kids revert to their bad habits under pressure and commit turnover after turnover. Needless to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Conor's blog
Plans for Next Year and other questions After last year, I didn't think I wanted any part of teaching after my two years, I knew it wasn't a career option for me and therefore figured I'd get out of it really quickly. Then I moved to the Delta. I love... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Conor's blog
Freewrite Today was my first ever day of being "Coach McDowell" as the girls basketball team had a quick tryout. These girls are very raw, with only 1 girl being someone that I would consider "a basketball player", but they hustle and are extremely physical. It will be an interesting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Conor's blog
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