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.
Second-years: What are you doing next year?