May 28 2008

Hey you kids! Get offa my lawn!

I have been scanning the newbie blogs that have been popping up lately with great interest. Part of it is that I like to remember how excited and nervous I was and how much of an adventure this seemed three years ago (now its not an adventure; it’s my life!) The other part of my interest, I must admit, is that I am desperately waiting for signs of some new Corps Member (ANY new Corps Member) who is heading to Eastern North Carolina. We have our biggest incoming corps ever next year, which is so tremendously exciting, but I can’t help but be a bit bummed that apparently none of them blog! Grr. 

It is also interesting to see how much the TFA experience has already changed in just three years and how different it is from region to region. I read stories about Corps Members who have already interviewed with Principals and been offered jobs! I interviewed as part of a carefully coordinated “interview day” during Induction. I didn’t even interview with my principal (she didn’t show up. That should have been a harbinger of things to come) but with the principal from the other school in the district. Three weeks later, while at Institute, my PD called and told me where I had been placed. 

As far as the Institute reading, what is this Miss Lora’s story? We had no Miss Lora. She had no story. (Also we had to walk to Institute! In the snow! Uphill! Both ways!) 

I interviewed last night for a Content Learning Community leader position for next year and I was amazed at how much the training that new corps member receive from ENC has changed over the last year since I haven’t been going to PDs. There is now a tremendous focus on backwards planning and unit planning at Orientation. We just found housing and had dinners (and had to go to another misbegotten DCA session… man, I had almost forgotten about that). It is almost scary how quickly TFA can and does phase out what I considered to be top-notch training and move on with something different. If there is one thing I like about this organization it is how extremely responsive and reflective it is. TFA is constantly changing, almost always for the better. It is great, but it does kind of make an alumna teacher feel like she is being left in the dust!

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