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Feb 17 2011

Just A Little Somethin’

So two nights ago I had my “Get To Know You” conversation with a Greater New Orleans TFA staff member. It definitely was a lot less awkward than I thought it was going to be. When I got the email stating it would be a 45 minute conversation I couldn’t imagine that I would have enough to talk about for that long but surprisingly it went by pretty quick. I guess this is the first year TFA is doing these conversations and I would definitely suggest it for future use. They asked a series of questions broken up into two categories, one professional and one personal. None of them were entirely difficult but some definitely took me a few moments to think about. After about 25 minutes we switched over to talking about my resume. The guy told me that out of the 40-50 resumes he had looked at mine basically entailed everything they were looking for and he only had one correction for me, so that gave me some confidence and made me feel good about my lack of experience relating to kids. My next steps are to polish off my resume, send in a photo, complete a profile and fill an application out for a charter school. I’m crossing my fingers that I can interview and get hired early on but I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much. Right now I’m still waiting on the pre-institute package to get in the mail. I know most of the documents and readings are online but I’d rather just wait for the box so I don’t have to print everything out. Until then I’m still finding and reading books relating to teaching. A few weeks ago Groupon had a special for Barnes and Nobles where you pay $10 for at $20 gift certificate. I was only allowed to buy one so I made my mom get one too. Thus, this weekend I spent $47 on books and I can’t wait to get them in the mail. I also found another 3-4 on but the total for that was around $60 so they are all just sitting in my shopping cart right now. I’m trying to convince my dad to give me some money so I can buy them, (yes, I’m totally spoiled by my dad). However, I did just read “My Posse Don’t Do Homework” by Louanne Johnson. It was such a quick, fun read. It’s a third person account of a former Marine who teaches in an inner city Oakland school. The book was published in the early 90′s but it doesn’t come off as dated. I would definitely suggest it to any incoming CM’s. It’s exactly the kind of teacher I think we all hope we can be.

One Response

  1. G

    As the end of my first year quickly approaches (it has gone by in a flash), the best advice I can give you is to go to schools in your area and observe as many teachers as you can. I also read some of the teaching books, but nothing gives you first-hand insight as actually watching what you’re reading about being put into practice. Ask questions…take notes….soak it all in. Honestly, observations did so much more for me than reading. Good luck (and I still hope your dad buys you those books)!

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