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Dec 07 2010

How I wanted my first year to be perceived

Well, that last post was a bit heavy, I guess. Held those stories in for 19 years, and all I got was one positive comment and one person with enough enthusiasm to push the ‘like’ button. I was kind of hoping for a bit more support on that one. I feel like that Loony Tunes…

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Nov 29 2010

The Joke That Got Me Through My First Year

I wonder if I would have made use of this site, had it been around my first year of teaching. I like to think that I would have and that most of the details from my horrible, yet instructive, first year of teaching would have been preserved in a series of blog entries. I look…

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Nov 11 2010

My Options

For three years, between 1992 and 1995, I wrote a monthly column for the TFA-Houston newsletter. I’ve been recently digging them up and posting them here. Parts of these essays have appeared in my two books, but the ‘director’s’ cut of these writings haven’t been seen in fifteen years. This particular essay is about how…

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Oct 15 2010

My Fuse

Most of the writing I’ve done about teaching over the past 18 years has fallen into two categories. The first category is funny stories from my first year of teaching — a year that was much more tragic than funny, but maybe the stories make it seem like it was the other way. The other…

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Oct 11 2010

The Plague

During my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of teaching, I wrote a monthly column for the TFA two-step, which was the Houston regional newsletter. Here’s one from 1995 that was a bit different. Rather than a bunch of observations, this one took the form of a fictional diary based on one of those books written…

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Oct 02 2010

Love At First Site

Long before there was the cleverly titled ‘Gary Rubinstein’s TFA Blog’ (It’s all about branding), back before the internet even, there was ‘The TFA Two-Step’, Houston’s regional newsletter back when I was a corps member from 1991 to 1995. 1991 was my first year, so I wasn’t writing anything back then but discipline referral cards.…

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