Caroline in the Delta

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Nov 30 2011

Future Prospects.

Being observed for two hours straight is both exhausting and exhilarating, apparently. My students were champions today. Regardless of if this turns into a job in California or not, today was one of the most motivated and productive I have been as an educator since becoming an educator. It was incredibly validating, self-esteem boosting, and proved what my kids are made of.

Two class periods, ho-ly cow, what these kids are capable of! I’m depressed and inspired by the excellence I have yet to have tapped into with these students. If I can get my management under control [more], and have concrete plans… sigh. The potential of these students! I saw it today! They worked and they succeeded and it wasn’t perfect or incredibly difficult, but I saw something today, maybe even in my own teaching practices, that I didn’t realize was possible.

So, how’d it go? Well. Who knows. I have no idea. It went fine. This principal is hard to read, but that’s fine. I was really glad to have another body in the room for two hours; glad to finally get awesome critical feedback; glad to go through another interview. I don’t know why I love interviewing so much, but I do. I think I make it something of a personal mission to “crack” my interviewer as it’s happening– to get a genuine burst of laughter, a fumble, something that humanizes them. I definitely saw that today, which was relieving and comforting.

Tons of things I’m forgetting, but I’ve got to plan for this week, seeing as I am leaving for trip #4 after school tomorrow. Good Lord.

2 Responses

  1. Ms. Math

    !!!!!!!
    I love being reminded what the kids can do-even if it is in short bursts of excellence.

    • It is a truly amazing thing. AWE INSPIRING WAAAHHHH…!

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