Category Archives: Columns From TFA Newsletter

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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