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Jul 09 2011

Big Goal: Survive Institute…Officially completed

Institute is officially over.  I currently am sitting at a terminal in the Atlanta airport waiting to board my flight for Chicago.  The past five weeks have flown by.  I went from unbelievably stressed and worried to calm, confident, and excited.  Teaching is by far the hardest thing I have ever done.  It’s amazing how you can prepare hours for a lesson and watch it disintegrate within 10 minutes of actually executing it.  My roommate and I were talking on the way to the airport about how helpful and meaningful Institute was.  We have both left it feeling very prepared as we head back to New Orleans.  I believe I had amazing luck when it came to the TFA raffle.  Not only did I get paired with amazing roommates who will definitely be a life-long friends, but I also got blessed with an amazing school staff at Cook Elementary.  Every single one of them was completely dedicated to making all of us the best possible teachers.  Although I definitely got annoyed at times about the amount of sessions and their length, inevitably they are the reason I feel so poised.  My Curriculum Specialist is probably the most motivating person I have ever met.  Her willingness to share such personal stories and experiences allowed me to see and realize the transformational change I can make.  Also, it definitely didn’t hurt having a School Director who is a nationally recognized teacher and the TFA poster-child for making big gains.  My corps member advisor was literally the ying to my yang.  She was always calm and relaxed which helped me to take a deep breath and relax as well.

I could literally go on and on about the amazing experience I had at Institute but I’m about to board the plane so I’ll stop.  As I leave Atlanta I definitely feel apart of a movement that has the potential to change the education landscape.  Do I realize that sound way too optimistic?  Yes.  But I also realize that drinking the Kool-aid is a necessity if I want to become even half the teacher that my school staff was.  I know there will be good days and bad days.  I know that there will be days where I cry to myself, to my mom, and to my co-workers.  But I also know that “the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step”.

4 Responses

  1. Kurt (Community Manager)

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  2. Bob Borczak

    …yes, grasshopper…..
    (old timers might remember this)

  3. Mr. Davis

    I’m looking forward to my Collab doing big things!

  4. Alice

    A’Serat, you were a blessing to us as staff and to your Ss at Cook. I am so excited to know that you will be recording your adventures here and look forward to reading them. :)

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