Archive for November, 2011

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

by SarahRook

So I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, but I also wanted to talk a little bit about holidays and how I find myself teaching them.

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November 18, 2011

Introductory Tidbits

by wltreece

When I was emailing potential contributors to Intro 2 Ed about posting schedules, I said something to the effect of “Post when you are so moved — but try to be moved every 1-2 weeks?”

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November 7, 2011

Midterms and Musing

by Mary P.

It’s Sunday evening in Chafang (茶房), a town whose name literally means Tea House. There are about 30,000 people in Chafang, although it certainly doesn’t look like it can support that many people. The town is surrounded by mountains and sometimes I think to myself that I’m in the most beautiful place on earth. I’ve been here for about two months now, long enough to feel the stirrings of doubt regarding the claim that Yunnan is springlike year-round. It is frigid. Fortunately, I can spend this evening bundled up in my room; my students are not so lucky.

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November 7, 2011

The Joys of Naptime

by SarahRook

Nap time. The words have such an implication:  children, asleep, quiet and calm.

Does it actually work out like that?  Not so much.  I am teaching little ones – the threes, the fours, and the fives.  I know that we learned about child development in Intro Ed, in Dev Psych, in various bits and pieces in other education and psychology classes.  What those classes didn’t quite prepare me for was the huge gap in developmental levels, just in these two years.  When I put up my birthday board, I lined it up by age so that I could see where my children actually were.  I was amazed at the variety:  I had young threes and old fives and everything in between. 

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November 7, 2011

Belief

by Mark Lewis
“Three of your students are in the office,” an IA tells me. “They were giving each other the middle finger.”

I am a first year teacher. I teach second grade. It is spring, 2011. Easter is almost as late as it is possible for Easter to be, so spring break is too. It’s only 12:09, but I am tired.

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November 6, 2011

Dear Swat Ed, Love Ben

by brachbach

Dear Swarthmore Ed Studies,

I didn’t intend for my first blog post to be a love letter to you, but here it is: you gave me the intellectual tools and the practice using them that I needed to be prepared for my Fulbright research, and I have smiled more than once in the past month when I think back to what I learned from you.

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November 6, 2011

Welcome!

by intro2ed

Welcome to Intro 2 Ed!

Intro 2 Ed is a group blog of Swarthmore alumni working in education. We’re teachers in public, private, and charter schools, Teach for America and Teach for China fellows, Fulbright scholars, grad students, activists, researchers, and journalists.

We have a number of goals in starting this blog. We want to support each other and create a community where we can continue conversations we started at Swarthmore. We want to present our work to the world, representing a wide range of experience in the field of education. We want to find space to write and reflect.

We hope you’ll join us in this journey. You can meet the bloggers here, and subscribe via RSS here,

Let’s go!