Part 1 – What It Means
Part 2 – Where I’m Going
In case you missed it, I just posted my 50th blog post a few days ago. Isn’t that exciting?!
I was reading this blog, someone else’s account of his failure and why it is meaningful to embrace it. He embedded a video of J.K. Rowling’s Harvard commencement address back in 2008. It was extremely meaningful to me, so I’ve included it below.
I want to give a fair, objective overview of the experience of going through the DC Teaching Fellows Summer Institute program. I get a lot of readers that are searching for insight into the program and the process, so hopefully this can be a more extensive account than I was able to find when I was enrolling. At the same time, I want to explain why I didn’t make it through. So this will be some mix of objective reporting and editorial story. Bottom line: everything here is true, in my experience, but take it at face-value. If you want even more details about anything I talk about, leave a comment or send me a message. I will definitely answer any questions or explain anything that may be confusing. Continue reading
Man, I have been busy.
I thought I was good at time management, but I’ve never had this much to accomplish on such a continuing basis. Obviously I’m getting better, though, since I had time to write this entry :)
I just got up to get some dinner started and the can opener is gone. No beans for me. That’s okay, I had an open carton of soup in the fridge that I needed to finish. I’ll check with the roommates when I see them. There is one drawer where all of the silverware and utensils go. But I checked everywhere.
So, anyway, I’m getting better at appropriately tracking my time. I have to turn in my lesson plans for the coming week by 8pm on Sunday. Last week I think I submitted them at 7:58. Then I kept working on them afterwards until at least 11:00. This week, though, I submitted them before 4:00 and that was because I finished and just let the sit in case I wanted to make any changes. Continue reading
Gods, what a week!
This week has seen a rapid oscillation of my emotions and my confidence. And I am glad for that because the feelings are in proportion to my stressful and meaningful circumstance. I am able to fully enjoy the joyous moments I’ve experienced. More so, the low moments are not world shattering and I can more easily see the path out of the darkness.
I realized this blog became a big ol’ wall-o-text. So, here’s the simple breakdown:
- Tuesday: First day of practice teaching, but I was alone with the whole class all day.
- Wednesday: I was alone again all day. Definitely discouraging.
- Thursday: My first practice teaching observation, I did decently but there are a lot of areas for me to work on.
- Friday: I got a job! I’ll be teaching 8th grade math at Hart Middle School.
If you want the whole story, then keep reading.
This week is definitely a hell of a story. Continue reading
I have now completed my first week of DC Teaching Fellows Summer Institute and my first days in a classroom for Practice Teaching (PT). I teach Algebra I at Stuart-Hobson Middle School to 9th and 10th graders. The class is relatively well-behaved, and I think I’ll be able to keep them under control. I am in the class with my Cooperating Teacher (CT) as well as another Fellow.
My first day at practice teaching both of the Metro lines I take were unexpectedly delayed, so I ended up being about 15 minutes late. It turns out it didn’t matter. Our CT quit the day before Continue reading