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To borrow a theme from T.S. Eliot, this Mississippi life has been measured out in Gchat conversations and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My day-to-day existence here has been so overwhelming at times that it seems silly to come up with one blog post to tie it all together. In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at elise's blog
Don’t join MTC because: Mississippi is very, very far away from your East Coast/West Coast/Midwest friends and family, and that will hurt you deeply at a time when you will already be hurting. You might gain weight/lose weight/develop a drinking problem/start listening to Justin Bieber to escape it all. Who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at elise's blog
I don’t think I ever seriously considered quitting in my first year—mostly because I am too stubborn (and maybe arrogant) to admit that I can’t do something—but I think Gary Rubinstein’s question of why people quit is important. Looking at our year in MTC, only one person initially placed in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at elise's blog
Honestly—sorry, Ben—I found that the majority of the portfolios are roughly the same in terms of quality. Maybe after spending several hours of the past few days analyzing patterns of correct answers on various practice state tests, I’ve completely lost my ability to discern greatness, but I really can’t tell... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at elise's blog
5:30 am – Alarm goes off. 5:35 am – Breakfast, make lunch if I didn’t the night before, shower. Curse myself for forgetting to lay out clothes the night before. Make bed (the key to happiness). Remember to put last night’s Netflix movie in the mailbox. 6:35 am – Out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at elise's blog
A word of caution: if you aren’t a teacher, this is going to be a boring post. Ah, documentation. Last year, my biggest documentation struggles came at the beginning of the year. I didn’t start the year with a system to document consequences. When I came into the program, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at elise's blog
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