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Postby emkay625 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:18 pm

wert3813 wrote:If you were a former corps member I would look you in the eyes tell you what I said above (which is true) and then tell you that I felt like I was making the problem worse not better (true), that 76 teachers applied for the job I got (true), that at the end of the year I could come up with a lot of reasons to teach a second year but none of them involved me thinking I could in any way be transformational towards my kids.


excellent answer.

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Postby emkay625 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:20 pm

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My CMA. You're including those who quit before the first day of school year one?


Yes....maybe you are a teeny tiny region and this is just your region? PM me the region. Hawaii?

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Postby emkay625 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:20 pm

wert3813 wrote:You work for TFA? If so I'll be happy to believe that you are correct and I'm not.


Worked for TFA for a summer. Best friend now an MTLD.

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Postby EvilClinton » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:21 pm

emkay625 wrote:
wert3813 wrote:If you were a former corps member I would look you in the eyes tell you what I said above (which is true) and then tell you that I felt like I was making the problem worse not better (true), that 76 teachers applied for the job I got (true), that at the end of the year I could come up with a lot of reasons to teach a second year but none of them involved me thinking I could in any way be transformational towards my kids.

excellent answer.

As a non-corps member I thought that answer sounded like shit. What am I missing here? Did he use lot of TFA mission statement buzz words (i.e. "transformational")? Is it the fact that other (likely long term) teachers wanted the position? What gives?

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Postby emkay625 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:25 pm

EvilClinton wrote:
emkay625 wrote:
wert3813 wrote:If you were a former corps member I would look you in the eyes tell you what I said above (which is true) and then tell you that I felt like I was making the problem worse not better (true), that 76 teachers applied for the job I got (true), that at the end of the year I could come up with a lot of reasons to teach a second year but none of them involved me thinking I could in any way be transformational towards my kids.

excellent answer.

As a non-corps member I thought that answer sounded like shit. What am I missing here? Did he use lot of TFA mission statement buzz words (i.e. "transformational")? Is it the fact that other (likely long term) teachers wanted the position? What gives?


Yup, lots of TFA buzzwords. Also, more TFA corps members think that TFA should be used in places where there are teacher shortages. If he was unhappy and inexperienced and 76 other people wanted the job, why should he be there? This is in direct contrast to my school - we couldn't get enough applications no matter how high the pay was.

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Postby emkay625 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:29 pm

wert3813 wrote:

Three months into the job my department head admitted that administration turned down an NBC (National Board Certified--basically a good teacher) who was fluent in Spanish to hire me. I was mortified.


????? Seriously, what shady region is this. This is ridiculous.

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Postby TheThriller » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:24 pm

Is there any info on the new Appalachia regional assignment for TFA. I may be taking a year (or 2 in the case of TFA) off before LS/if I need to retake.

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Postby 09042014 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:47 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:I'd be much more concerned about how potential employers will respond.


You- "Public interest isn't for me."

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Postby emkay625 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:37 am

TheThriller wrote:Is there any info on the new Appalachia regional assignment for TFA. I may be taking a year (or 2 in the case of TFA) off before LS/if I need to retake.


I have no idea. I can answer any questions you have about any of the Texas regions, but have no idea about how the Appalachia region works. Sorry!

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Postby IAFG » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:44 am

Desert Fox wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:I'd be much more concerned about how potential employers will respond.


You- "Public interest isn't for me."


Essentially this. I worked in schools right out of college and got asked why I wasn't going back to teaching. A simple, brief, inoffensive explanation about how you came to realize teaching isn't the career path for you should be just fine.

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Postby TTH » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:51 pm

Write your personal statement about how TFA is pure shit, and you will go far.

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Postby Br3v » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:55 pm

I had always heard TFA was very hard to get into...but they emailed my 3 if not 4 times a week ago over the course of like 5 days trying to get a meeting. Yeah it was one of those mass emails where they just replace your name with John Smith at the top, but like each time they could copy/paste the last emails and be like "hey you are probably busy and didnt read these other emails so I attached them...but about that meeting."

I never contacted them prior or anything.




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