So I haven’t posted in a while. However, I have had a draft from right after Labor Day just sitting here waiting to be released to the world! So I added a quick October update to it as well. This post is half-September and half-October recap. Let’s get to it!
September 6th, 2012
Labor Day weekend was glorious. As it comes to an end, I already feel the atmosphere around me slowly shifting towards serious, muted, diligent tones from the fun, lackadaisical, carefree aura of the weekend. I’ve now had a chance to remove myself a little further from the past week (my first full week of teaching) and reflect on how it went and what to focus on going forward.
Overall, my week was solid. On a scale from horrendous to terrific, ‘solid’ is slightly above the middle. My students are hilarious and I have substantial evidence for which students will need to…
It’s been a while, friend! ”Busy-ness” is always the best excuse to fall off the face of the planet, especially as a TFA Corps Member. But really, it was because I didn’t know how to write about something as dense and impenetrable as the event known as “Institute”. That five week experience is unlike anything I have…read more »
Induction has been a great time. Lots of talking, listening, discussions, discoveries, and amazing people. I feel reassured that I will be having a large and wide net of support to fall back on at any time in the coming two years. Induction, if not just an opportunity to get settled into the TFA way,…read more »
So I promised I would post a follow-up to my Praxis post. I checked my Score Report and it turns out I was correct, unfortunately. I passed within the top 15% of all test-takers with a raw score of a 39 out of 50 on the exam. I needed a scaled-score of 141 to teach…read more »
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Yuck. That was excruciating. 50 multiple-choice mathematics questions within a two-hour time limit didn’t seem like too bad of a thing. I thought I paced myself well, but took a bit longer than expected or recommended on one problem. That sabotaged my poise for the remaining ten or so questions, and I had to rush through…read more »
So it begins. This enormous electronic blank page is at my disposal to document my journeys through what some may call the “trenches” of American culture; where the dirty work is done, the long hours spent, the most casualties occur: education. Education of others, education of myself, educational inequity, education reform, educational systems, education administration,…read more »