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Jul 12 2013

It’s All said and Done

Welp, I made it. Institute is officially over and at 4am I will be making the 16hr drive back to MD. Boy do I miss it, who would’ve thought. You know what I may miss more though? My kiddos… they really touched my life in ways I did not think was possible in the course…

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Jul 06 2013

1 week to go!

Wow, time sure has flown. I am wrapping up my institute experience which is so crazy. Since my last post I was able to celebrate the 4th of July with my lovely TFA comrades. TFA threw a big community pork BBQ shindig, complete with $1 beer and wine coolers, volleyball, cornhole, and a live band.…

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Jul 02 2013

I’m still alive :)

This institute thing isn’t as bad as its cracked out to be. I made the switch to reading this week. Yah I don’t like it as much but the kids are SOOOOOOO much better behaved in the mornings. Not only that but making a reading lesson plan is 5billion times easier for me (for some…

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Jun 28 2013

Another week down

Goodness, it’s been a week since I posted last!? Time sure does fly…. when youre having a GREAT TIME!!!! This week was awesome. I finally feel good about teaching and I can tell my quirky personality is starting to come out in my lessons. My students are really vibing off of it and I feel…

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Jun 21 2013

High and Mighty

On top of the world. It’s Friday and I just finished my first week of actual teaching. I have 8 brilliant students all with so much potential and the drive to succeed. On the first day I asked all of them if they wanted to go to college; every single one of them not only…

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Jun 17 2013


Mental overload. Crunch time has never been so…. crunchy? My brain is fried and I still have a lot of lesson plans/ worksheets/ grading/ intervention mini lessons/ EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD to do. Now I understand why people drop out of TFA during institute. But i will stick it out because i am passionate and…

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Jun 16 2013

Lesson planning up the Wha-zoo

Wow my brain is tired. After a long day of planning I have completed 3 mini-lesson plans on class culture, a final draft for my math objective 1, a rough draft of math objective 3, numerous class decorations/posters, our final outline of our groups class culture plan, and…. idk what else!? I’m done for the…

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Jun 14 2013

Meetin’ the Kids

And so begins my teaching experience. Today was the first day of summer school. I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I took my post at the office near the bus overhang. Students trickled in, some looked happy and replied “mornin” as I said good morning… but most looked down and kept walking. Maybe…

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Jun 13 2013

It’s official, I am a real teacher y’all

Yah just look at the picture below… Like I said its official!!!! Tomorrow I get to meet my darling class of 11 students! We will be administering some diagnostic reading assessments so that we can track each students progress over the next month of summer school. I must say seeing my classroom was the most…

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Jun 11 2013

Missing home just a lil

Day 3 of institute over and done. Today was the first time we did concrete work. We learned to do lesson vision and plans and worked with out co-lab to draft a class vision as well. It was a lot of information but it seems really doable at this point, and even fun to some…

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Jun 11 2013

First day of summer school

Goodness, I have already been too busy to update this thing. So let me tell you how my past 2 days have been in like 10 minutes (Currently 7am, sitting in the diner at breakfast doing lesson planning) So move it was easy as pie, I am living in these really nice suite style rooms…

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Jun 08 2013

Sweet home Alabama

You heard it, I’m stationed in ALABAMA! Never thought I’d leave the east coast, who knew! After a fun night out last night, we had a morning closing session then packed up and began our 12hr drive to Tuscaloosa! There was traffic in NC We made a pit stop in SC I went to my…

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Jun 08 2013

Last full day of induction!

The title says it all… last day of induction! May I be writing this post slightly buzzed, yes… but was today awesome, of course! A hurricane decided to hit us this morning so all the sessions involving us visiting our communities were cancelled. Instead we heard a speech from a senator, found our strengths, and…

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Jun 06 2013

Visit to my new school/community!

Let me preface this by saying i am EXHAUSTED, sorry if I sound not so spunky. Today was amazing though, we started off the day talking about a rural community is, our preconceptions of the rural ENC, and how we are excited about working here. But after so much talking I got bored… I just…

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Jun 05 2013

“Valued” to death

Officially finished the first full day of induction. Yay! But I do have to say I am pretty exhausted mentally. Today we began with sharing our “stories of self” which are our own life stories that we read to the group, explaining how we have become the people we are today. I must say some…

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Jun 04 2013

Day one and done

Today I finished my¬† first day at induction. Leaving my grandparents was tough, but I was able to snap a picture before I left   It was just lovely! I got here at 1pm (move in was 10-2p) with plenty of time to unpack, read the intro materials and relax.They gave us each a goodie…

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Jun 03 2013

Time for induction

In just 6 hours I will be leaving my little hometown in MD to go to induction in NC. Should I be sleeping…. yes. But my nerves have gotten the best of me. So tonight I am spending my time on facebook chatting with other 2013 CMs and hanging with my mom and puppy who…

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May 28 2013

It’s official… I’ve been placed!

YAYYYYYYY! Words cannot describe how happy I am to be placed. I will be teaching…. MIDDLE school science, not high school as I previously thought, at sampson middle school in NC. I had a skype interview with the superintendent of clinton city schools and the principal of clinton city high; although they loved me there…

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May 24 2013

Countdown: 10 days til institute

Wow its been a while. So last time I wrote I had interviewed during the first round. Unfortunately I wasn’t placed. Not because I wasn’t qualified but because TFA apparently told the principals who wanted to hire me “no”. Instead TFA wants to place me in south eastern NC into a school that has never…

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Mar 26 2013

Interview Time

3 down 1 to go… I had the priveldge of interviewing 3 times already with Nash-Rocky mount early college, bertie early college, and southern vance high. One school rescheduled 3 times, and the other once, but in the end it worked out. If you have had phone interviews you know what they are like, and…

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Mar 02 2013

March Updates!

I’ve come to realize I am probably writting this blog for myself, but if there are any followers out there hello!!!! I am currently at work, but figured I would give an update of where I am at with TFA. Got the Praxiss (Praxi?) out of the way and passed the science one with flying…

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Feb 10 2013

Praxis Fun

Passed my first hurdle, the Praxis; or at least I hope so. I studied my entire winter break (really should’nt have studied that long) and was scheduled to take both tests on 1/28. Of courseeeeee we had our only snow delay this semester, might I add it wasn’t even snowing that day only raining, on…

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Jan 10 2013


I am at the point where I am starting to freak out a little about moving to an entire new state in a few months and be responsible for teaching students all the wonders and joys of science. Buttttt, I did watch freedom writers the other day and was super motivated. I hope that I…

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Dec 09 2012

Wish I knew more

I am in the midst of finishing my second to last semester at UMD, and getting ready to begin my Praxis studying. I will be taking both tests on 1/28… still dont know what to expect. Oh and on that note I have no idea about what to expect next year! I wish I knew…

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Nov 08 2012

Here goes nothing!

Okay so I will begin this with a breif introduction to my self. My names Kayla Kahn, born and raised in Carroll County MD, known for its lovely corn feilds and demolition derbys. I had a rough childhood but ended up getting the grades I needed to being the first in my family to go…

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