Down to the Delta

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Feb 11 2011

Taking Steps

I didn’t want to make a second post until I got any more TFA news. So after many weeks of silence: I passed the praxis math exam. Good thing, too, because it was not an experience I have any desire to repeat. ┬áSo there is one thing to check off of the list (that I am not actually keeping) of things I need to do before June. ┬áPrepare for some rambling. It has been a long week.

The other day when I was walking to class it really hit me that I will not be back here next semester. And that I am almost done with my undergraduate education. I almost got really sad, but then I remembered that since I intend to go back to grad school for history, I will have a good number more years of people telling me what to read and write. Awesome.

One of the other things I have been thinking about with all the events in Egypt and other parts of the world is how in the world I am going to find a way to incorporate current events into my MATH classroom. I know that I will have so much material to cover and so little time to cover it, but I will absolutely feel like I am doing my students a disservice if I don’t find some way to help keep them informed about and interested in what’s going on in the world. Granted, this is probably the job of their social studies or history teacher and not me, but as I said in my TFA interview, one of my biggest weaknesses is trusting other people to do the things that I think are really important. I will have to figure out a way to do this while not sacrificing anything on the math side. Either that or realize this is not the context to make this change, even though I think the lack of awareness about current events is one of the biggest problems for kids, like myself, coming out of the public school system. But I won’t even get started on that.

With endless comments being posted on our facebook group by other future TFA Delta teachers (boy has technology changed the world), this whole thing starts to feel a little bit more real every single day. Whenever I get bogged down by what is going on at UVa, in Charlottesville, or even in Virginia, thinking about TFA pulls me back into the real world, and I remember how much else is out there.

On an unimportant and unrelated note: how has it snowed so much in the South this year? I hate cold weather, and I hate snow (which is, I will admit, one of the (many) reasons the Delta was an appealing region for me). i fully expect the weather to act more like I expect it to next year. Of course, my friend from Little Rock who is a grad student here is SAD he is missing all the snow. Go figure.

The semester is flying by.

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