…especially when combined with information about what school they attend, what grade they’re in, etc.
This has been a public service announcement from the Department of What The Hell Were You Thinking.
I saw this video a couple years ago and I think about it sometimes when I am reading CM’s stories about their time in TFA. It is almost 20 minutes long but I think it is a very important 20 minutes. I strongly encourage you to watch it, and to think about it both when…read more »
if you’re wondering why no one’s commenting on your entries, it’s because you have comments turned off. They are off by default.read more »
I heard through the grapevine that someone from Teach for America’s central offices came up to Alaska recently to explore creating a new TFA region here…through visits to Anchorage and Juneau. I can see how logistically this might have seemed like a good choice, but it’s such a perfect snapshot of TFA’s sensibilities that I…read more »
But only 28% as teachers. According to TFA, anyway. I keep hearing about corps members having left or planning to leave classroom teaching to go into “education policy” and it honestly makes me queasy. Am I missing something here? Someone convince me that it’s a positive thing that people who taught for like two years,…read more »
When I first started teaching here, I set the goal of making sure all my ELL students were literate in their first language as well as English. Now everyone in my school is able to read and write his or her first language in at least a rudimentary way. One of my students wrote a…read more »
Great news! The heater in my new school building works, without even leaking kerosene or anything! Of course, I found this out because it kicked in yesterday when I was shelving textbooks. Because it was 41 degrees outside. That is a little questionable for midday in early August even by local standards. All the old…read more »
First day back at work! I looked in the mirror this morning and realized that I really need to get a haircut and some new pants before the kids show up. The students won’t care, but my boss has this crazy notion that teachers shouldn’t look like they just returned from fish camp. They are…read more »
I do want to be clear about one thing: TFA was a helpful experience for me both as a human and as a professional, and I believe it benefited many of the kids at my school, at least in the short run. On a personal level, both the organization and individuals within the organization provoked my wrath on a regular basis, and I did and do object to elements of the role TFA and many of its alumni play in the euphemism-stuffed “Education Reform” “movement,” but I think I more-or-less did right by my students, and I think I became a less ridiculous person. So here’s a positive post:read more »
As I may have mentioned a few times, I have issues with wealthy people. One of my best friends, who grew up rich, once pointed out to me that I was a huge bigot, to which I replied that obviously I couldn’t be a bigot, as some of my best friends – well, okay, just her, but still – were rich people. She didn’t find that terribly amusing, and after I added that, yeah, rich people are dangerous, but she was cool because she didn’t act like your stereotypical rich person, she didn’t talk to me for about a week.read more »