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The lessons my students have taught me…
So here is a run-down of different stages in my TFA experience:
Early May 2009: I have been wait-listed for 3 months and am ready to just accept that I will not have a position. So disappointed…
Late May 2009: I received an email informing me of my placement in Denver, Colorado. I almost pee my pants and cause my boyfriend to do the same by jumping up and down and screaming. I can’t believe it! I got into TeachForAmerica!
June 1, 2009: I really am not sure about this. How will it all work out. How could they jerk me around for so long? I only had a week to prepare. Am I making the right decision? Can I still get money back if I cancel my plane ticket? Will I regret it?
June 2, 2009: [at the airport] Me: I…
I love reading blogs of incoming Corp Members. It gives me such perspective and reminds me of how it was not so long ago that I was drinking the Kool-Aid too. I had my end of year meeting today with my Program Director. She asked me what advice I would give to incoming Corp Members.…read more »
Yesterday, I said goodbye to my second class of 8th graders. Last year, I couldn’t get them out the door fast enough, but the class that transitioned yesterday, well, I wish I had another year with them. They are amazing kids and I watched them bounce out the door with their smiles, fully knowing that…read more »
I am sitting here reading the aspirations of my 8th grade students in preparation for conversations tomorrow about where they should be going to high school and what they should be doing there. For some reason, am having trouble holding back tears. I have been their Economics teacher for two years and in that time,…read more »
It took me until a couple months into my second year of teaching to call myself a teacher. For some reason, it was really hard for me to admit, as though it was something to be embarrassed and conscious of. Leave it to a Jon Stewart episode to help me to become defensive of the…read more »
I can’t believe that my two years are almost over and I just now am doing this. Not writing down my thoughts, emotions, and events over time will be my number one regret as a first and second year teacher. Today was the epitome of what it means to be a teacher. I spent the…read more »