Sorry Ms. Jackson

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 12 2011

rumor has it…

The mosquitoes roam in swarms and will eat you alive.

When you take a shower, the water will come all the way to your knees.

The dorms make you wish you were living outside.

The wait time at the copy center is insane.

I never get more than 2 hours of sleep a night.

Rumors. All of them.

Or at least these haven’t been my experience so far. First I want to apologize to all of those English-savvy people out there who are annoyed with my fragment sentences. My apologies. Anywho, I heard horror stories about Institute in the Delta and only about one of them is really true: I really know the value of a full day’s work. I’ve been going from 5 am until 11 pm for weeks and I’m happy to say that its almost over. I survived (knock on wood.) I’ve only blogged one other time since I’ve been at Institute. That should be proof enough of how intense it is. Institute is intense but its not at all a trip to hell that everyone makes it out to be. Really. I am taking a lot of things with me from Institute. Besides being able to talk like a crazy person and form sentences with acronyms only, I’ve also enhanced my lesson-planning skills and learned great behavior management skills. The sessions were long and the work was never-ending, but it’s one of those things that you hate while you’re going through it, but when its all over, you really appreciate it. All of my LPs are written and I’m just finishing entering data in the OSAT. Some of my kids began DRA testing today and ISAT testing begins on Thursday. I’m rolling back to the Queen City on Friday and I’m ready. Thank you Delta Institute for helping me on my journey to becoming a great teacher :) It was rough (not as rough as everyone made it seem) but it was worth it!

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