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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 10 2011

SOS Texts

It’s 8:30 pm on a Wednesday night in summer and I get this text from a student:

“Ms. Mathinaz. It’s J. I need your help.”

Immediately my brain goes to terrible places. Someone’s hurt. Someone’s in jail. Someone is missing. Please don’t make me have to call CPS right now.

Then I get the next text:

“Ok, I’m trying to help my mom learn fractions and algebra because she doesn’t know anything but I don’t know how to teach her exactly.”

This is your problem? YAY!

I give a couple basic suggestions. Then I get:

“No but I don’t know how to start. LIke she barely knows the basics. Barely. Where should I start? Is it ok if I text you asking questions?”

Love. Lovelovelovelovelove. Why am I leaving?

One Response

  1. OMG, my heart sunk reading the first line. I went to the same place as you.

    Haha, that’s freaking awesome. And won’t worry, you can still text them from your new home :)

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