Stir Up the World

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Oct 14 2012


School is still going unnaturally well, and I’m almost afraid to write about it for fear of jinxing it.

I’m thinking a lot about next year. I want to keep teaching, but not here. Though TFA has disappointed/disgusted me in many ways, it has made me very employable. I have a nice little resume built up now. I’m looking at Colorado.

Comparing my life to the lives of my friends who aren’t in TFA, I’m on a completely different path. I’ve been changed by what I’ve seen here, and I’ll never be able to see things the same again.

I want to keep teaching in public schools, and I’m kind of intimidated by that idea. I wouldn’t feel comfortable teaching in a school in a wealthy area. So do I look for failing public schools in impoverished areas? That’d be an interesting google search.

I think my ideal would be a public school in a rural, impoverished area that lacks resources but has a good principal and is heading in the right direction. Is that weird?

Like I said, I’m going to start looking at other schools, but I’m wary because public schools seem like a gamble — it seems like you don’t know about a lot of the dysfunction until you’ve been working there for awhile.

I’m 5/8 of the way through my TFA commitment after this week. I’m almost done. It’s hard to believe that I’m almost done. It’s theoretically all down hill from here.

I spent so much time and mental energy gearing up for this whole TFA experience. Suddenly, I’m almost done with it.
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    "If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln