One of the things I dislike about TFA is that it ALWAYS makes you feel like you’re not good enough. I know I still suck as a teacher in many ways, but I am making progress and my administration keeps telling me how great of a job I’m doing. And every time I have an interaction with TFA (except for my awesome, Kool Aid-free MTLD), I feel guilty and tense.
I rarely take work home at night, and only do about 4 hours of work on the weekends, and I always always always feel slightly guilty about that, because the TFA Teacher doesn’t get any sleep, ever, and works all weekend. TFA may talk about having a work/life balance, but they don’t really want us to have one with all that they expect of us.
If I had just been an average joe CM that went into this experience without the desire to be a teacher long-term and with only the training given to me by TFA, I would have quit by now. Truly.
- want to be a career teacher
- have some experience/knowledge/training outside of the Kool Aid, and
- ignore most of what TFA says.
Does anyone else experience this never-good-enough feeling? What do you do about it?