Stir Up the World

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 08 2013

done and done.

I’ve been home in California for about a week now, eating frozen yogurt and watching movies like it’s my job. I’m officially a Teach For America alumna.

By an act of Providence, I got a job teaching 7th grade math in a small town in Colorado. I’m really excited — it’s absolutely perfect. This last year was so full of angst about where I was going and what I was doing — it’s nice to have that all behind me.

If you’ve been reading through my entire TFA experience, you’re probably expecting some sort of a conclusion to this experience. I know I am.

For one thing, if you’re thinking about doing TFA, don’t. As weird as it is for me to say that, I’m saying it.  I love teaching, and I think it’s the best profession ever. But if you want to get into teaching, TFA is (in my opinion) one of the worst ways to do it. They put you, with basically no training, into some of the most difficult schools in the country at the most vulnerable point in your career development. That’s doing the teaching profession a huge disservice.

Plenty of people have written plenty of criticisms of TFA, so I’ll save you all the hassle of reading it again. I will say this: if you want to get into teaching, do a different program. There are plenty of amazing teaching fellowships and things like that, programs that do much more credit to the profession.

As for the future of this blog, I’m not sure yet. I like the idea of it being an open-and-closed account of my TFA experience, but I don’t want to definitively say “This is the end.” I’ll still be teaching and thinking about teaching, but I hopefully won’t be spending as much of my free time writing about teaching.

We’ll see.


2 Responses

  1. Congrats on finishing. I can’t wait to be home in CA too (though that won’t be until August for me). I hope you continue blogging; I’ve enjoyed your writing for the past two years.

  2. Stick with it, and thank you for sharing your thoughts. My biggest concern isn’t for what will happen with me, but what teaching will look like ten years from now.

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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