Category Archives: Personal Experiences

My Philosophy of Education

For one of my courses, students were asked to bring a quick summary of their philosophies of education. Here is (a slightly modified version of) what I wrote. I have lots of opinions about education. I think most emerge from what is … Continue reading

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Service and Self-Efficacy

I recently had another post published on City Year’s internal IJ Blog! You need a City Year login to be able to view the original, so the full text is included below. Sorry that there is some City Year jargon … Continue reading

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To what extent are insights gained through introspection generalizable? (II-PT #1)

This is part 1 in a new series of posts titled Irresolvable Inter-Polar Tension, or “II-PT,” for short. The acronym conveniently looks like “two-part” and can be pronounced in that way.  F. Scott Fitzgerald once claimed that “the test of … Continue reading

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“Knowing about” vs. “engaging with” people with different income levels

The Washington Post released an article this weekend about “super zips”–zip codes with very high median incomes and education levels–with a particular focus on super zips in the D.C. area. Having grown up in an affluent and very well-educated community … Continue reading

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Airplanes and objectivity

My most recent flight was at nighttime. I was sitting in a window seat a bit behind the wing. On the rear side of the wing almost at the tip was a very bright flashing light–the light you might see … Continue reading

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A JetBlue ticket agent and City Year

The Setup City Year is a national non-profit which places young adults for one year each in high needs schools to keep kids on track to graduate. City Year corps members do tutoring and mentoring and lots of other work … Continue reading

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Montessori conference!

I spent some time last week at the American Montessori Conference here in Orlando. Lots of thought-provoking presentations and conversations! I’m still in the early stages of learning about Montessori philosophy and practice, but much of what I have seen … Continue reading

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Annual Report

Overall, 2012 was a pretty good year! Here are some of the noteworthy things to report… Professional: I got a new job! City Year! I’m getting paid substantially less, but I am WAY less stressed out and I am actually … Continue reading

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What can we infer about City Year and TFA based on their different ad strategies?

During my recent journey home for winter break, I encountered advertisements for both City Year and Teach For America. I currently work with City Year and I had worked with TFA last year. On the public bus from my apartment … Continue reading

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A glaring example of misplaced priorities….

For two days next week, a teacher I work with has been assigned to proctor a test in the media center, so a sub has been scheduled to be in her classroom. The state of Florida seems to think it … Continue reading

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