Kodiak's Classroom

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 28 2011

get ready…get set…

I received notification today that it has been four months since I set up this blog.  Figured the email was enough of a nudge to get me back on to start documentation of my journey in earnest.

Math and Science test study session on Monday.  Induction starts on Tuesday.  Finally finished reading TAL.  Working on finishing up the other required reading.  Then have the rest of my reflection writing to do.  It’s good stuff and I don’t regret spending time with it.

I’m so looking forward to getting to meet all the CMs I have been chatting with over Facebook.  Seems like a pretty diverse group of folks, with a lot of different interests and points of view.  I’m hoping to extend the virtual friendships that I think are developing into something more corporeal.

I hope I remember all this stuff I’m supposed to bring…and still have to hit Kinkos to print out the picture we have been asked to bring to Induction.  I’m just about done packing clothes and the supplies I think I will need to be successful.

I had really hoped to have passed the HS math test when I took it at the beginning of May, but missed it by 3 points.  I take it again on June 25 and think it will go better this time.  So, I have to pack all of my study stuff for that, as well.

I am looking forward to seeing the processes that TFA uses to turn folks into the tools for action that I’m reading about in all of this documentation.  I’m finding some of the information has been presented better than it was in my college education program, and am optimistic that the hands-on application will fill in where the text seems to be thin.

I’ve talked about this before and remain very concerned with some of what I have read in other blogs about folks not seeming to reach out to their cohorts when they hit snags.  It is covered in the TAL book, but it seemed kinda tossed in with all the other stuff in the last chapter as a ‘good idea’ kind of thing.  For me, I think it is absolutely critical for long term success.  Maybe, as an extrovert, I value the comradery more than others.  Either way, I will do my best to set up grading gatherings and lesson plan potlucks.

There is plenty of work to be done and I’m looking forward to finally getting a chance to put things into action.  It’s been a hard road, this current span of unemployment, and I’m so looking forward to being back in a classroom, surrounded by other professionals.  I really miss it.

Well, I need to get back to my assignment writing, but thought this would be a good way to get warmed up.  I think its worked.

Ready… Set… Here we go…

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