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Jul 09 2014

Signing up for a third year

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Jul 07 2014

You are not a number

It’s the end of my second year of teaching. I know. I suck. at blogging. And that made all the difference between my first and second year of teaching. The constant reflection during my first year contributed to my tremendous growth and self-awareness of myself as an individual, as a purposeful human being, and as…

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Jun 08 2013

Strength in Weakness

It’s the end of the year and I miss these crazy kids already! As I read the letters they have written to me, it hits me how much we have gone through together. Today, I got to call some of them about their End of Course Geometry scores. I wish I could see them in…

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May 18 2013

Teach For America Video Blog #2

Finally, my long overdue video blog! Here I talk about the poetry club I started at Homestead Senior High and how it has been such an amazing platform on which students can stand and be heard. Towards the end, there is a video link to watch the spoken word piece my students inspired me to…

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May 17 2013

Proud to be their teacher

As I returned to my classroom today, after a long day of testing, I noticed for the first time in a long time, “Our Big Goal” bulletin board that I put up on the very first day of school. It says “100% of students will pass the EOC exam”. I meant to add 2 more…

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May 02 2013

May May hurry up and go away

I’m sitting here in the Miami-Dade Campus Library maybe an hour away from Homestead. Why am I here? Well the past few days I’ve been driving up here to take one of my students to her Piano Slam rehearsal. Her poem was chosen out of 500 other poems all across Miami-Dade. She will be performing…

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Apr 28 2013

Free Hugs Movement

My poetry club students decided to do something special last week. After the incident where I started crying, they all pretty much got into their feelings. After our meeting, they went up to City Year (and anyone who crossed their path) and just gave them hugs. The next day, M, our club president came up…

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Apr 24 2013

Letting your kids see you cry

you know that feeling of being so tired that you just want to cry? and no matter how hard you try, you can’t pinpoint why? well, that happened today after school as my poetry club was walking into my classroom. They saw it coming, so they starting cleaning my classroom for me. Then it came. I…

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Apr 24 2013

My 15-Year-Old Baby

In my class, I have 2 pregnant girls. One recently gave birth and the other is due in May. I’ve never thought much of it, teenage pregnancy. I guess I just didn’t know how to react. I mean I let them go pee the 10 times they need, I ask how they’re feeling, and I…

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Apr 07 2013

Two Different Worlds

“Wow! Look at that airplane!” “What? You’ve never seen a plane take off before?” “Not like that, only in the movies” Last Thursday, I went up north to Miami (about an hour and a half away) with some students from the poetry club. We were going to an informational session for a competition that is…

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Apr 07 2013

“Dear Students”

About a little over a month ago, some students came to me to start a poetry club. Shortly after, “Raison d’etre” (Reason for existing) was created. We started meeting everyday until 4pm after school. It’s been so amazing being around these students. They are inspiring, courageous, and talented, all at the same time. And for…

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Apr 07 2013

J in Jail

J is a student of mine. He is 18 years old, a sophomore, has a 2 year old son, and is currently in jail. I found out one morning through a student who showed me his mugshot which was posted onto facebook. There was a huge fight between 2 rival gangs at my school. 11…

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Feb 24 2013

Bullies Called Him Porkchop

Last week, our school held it’s first slam poetry night. To say the least, I was blown away. For the very first time, I got to hear students’ voices through art. And though there is no arts program here, these students were nothing less than creative, dramatic, and inspiring. Though not many people went to…

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Jan 10 2013

Ms. Wu’s New Years Wish for You!

Today is a new year Everything is in the clear We’re given a chance to right our wrongs To start up strong (and maybe play more math songs?) It may be hard to get back in SHAPE But promise me you’ll do whatever it takes Let’s work together to set the bar Set our expectations…

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Sometimes I feel like I have it worse than my students. This past week especially, I’ve been waking up disillusioned by the fact that break is coming to an end. I premeditated this, which was why I planned to arrive back in Miami on Sunday, 5pm–less than a day before school starts. Was that the…

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Dec 30 2012

Ok to “chill” over winter break???

There must be something wrong with me. I’m not taking advantage of winter break to lesson plan for the rest of the year. Though its in the back of my mind, I haven’t been plotting a revolution for the 2013 year. Revolution in the sense that I have to uproot everything that I’ve done this…

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Dec 27 2012

Teach for America Video Blog #1

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Dec 16 2012

Ms. Wu’s Angle Love Song

Yes, I’m cheezy. I wrote a math song for my Geometry class. I wanted them to be able to remember angle relationships formed by transfersals. What better way to turn it into a love song?? Here are the lyrics: If I were an ordinary supplementary angle, would you add up to 180 make a line…

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Dec 16 2012

The Karate Kid: Jacket on, Jacket off

The other day, I got a comment from a student saying, “Why do I even need this (math), I’m going to be a lawyer.” At that time I was caught off guard because, well, I was in the middle of a lesson. But mostly because I didn’t have a well developed argument on why math…

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Dec 16 2012

Why I Teach for America

Hello world! This is a long overdue blog about my experience as a first year corps member in Miami. Yep, it’s already December and I’m halfway through my first year of 10th grade Geometry. This next week will be my last week of teaching in 2012 before I go back to Los Angeles to spend…

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