Well, T-minus two weeks until Induction begins! This time June 5, I’ll already be immersed, I’m sure, in crazy TFA excitement and busy-ness. From what I hear, Induction (and the ensuing Institute) are incredibly jam-packed and difficult – but, then again, I would wager that learning to do anything in five weeks that takes a lot of people five years is pretty challenging.
Not that I think that my summer training will necessarily be sufficient for Day One in the classroom. I am already hard at work with my Institute Pre-work, which includes a variety of articles, podcasts, and videos about everything from causes of the Achievement Gap to expounding upon the TFA Teaching as Leadership pedagogical philosophy for me to read/listen to/watch and analyze/evaluate/reflect upon. I also have been studying almost daily for my TExES teacher qualification exam – my pending position is dependent upon my passage of said exam and enrollment in the Dallas Independent School District Alternative Certification program.
Furthermore, I will not be surprised if, despite my countless hours of work this summer, I still feel a bit like a deer in headlights when I step into my classroom as it fills with students for the first time. Many teachers with whom I’ve spoken have told me that I will feel exponentially more prepared for things – after one day, one week, one month, one year, two years, etc. – and will probably not be 100% confident until I’ve been in the classroom for 5 or 10 years. In some ways, I think that this is good – while I don’t intend to be timid, as Wendy Kopp has stated time and again, there is great value in the optimism of inexperience, and I think that I will be able to stay very invested in my journey as I learn alongside my students.
I clearly have my work cut out for me, but all in all, I can’t wait to jump in!