Drinking the Kool-Aid

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 03 2011

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I am…

… teaching upper-level math!

… SO happy to finally know what I’m teaching this year.

… shocked that I’ll be teaching juniors and seniors.

… sad for the other teachers who really wanted to teach upperclassmen…

… nervous to be in charge of students who, in some cases, are two years younger than I am.

… really excited to have some of my sophomores from last year in my junior-level remedial course.

… scared I don’t know how to squash my fears about 18 years old being too late and too far gone.

… grateful to have the urgency of graduation and exit-level state testing backing me up.

… jazzed to be teaching kids who should be thinking about SATs and college.

… a little uneasy about Whole Brain Teaching to 17-20 year old students.

… still really at a lost as to what “ambitious but feasible” looks like.

… so happy to be a second year teacher.introducing

… teaching upper-level math!

And I’m SO excited to teach it like there’s no tomorrow.

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  1. Kurt (Community Manager)

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  2. Ms. Math

    We made some major changes with 30 year old students in my Calc class(in fact, ,one is convinced he wants to understand C star Algebras which you only get to your second or third year of grad school.)

    Also. The whole ambitious but feasible thing for kids with a lifetime of scar tissue from bad math classes. Not sure about that either. Something can be done! But how fast or what is yet to be determined. (and goodness knows what type of research it would take to figure that out. )

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