Louisiana Sunshine

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Nov 17 2009


I’m historically pretty bad at keeping up with journals, diaries, blogs and such–anything that requires regular updating, really. But like a lot of people, I was obsessed with the TeachFor.Us blogs while I was undergoing TFA’s extensive application process. So in thanks for all the valuable info and entertaining reading material provided by others (as in this gem of a post) , I’m going to try and keep this going. Regularly. (Although I make no promises about daily posting.)

So, I’ve just been assigned to teach elementary school in Southern Louisiana, about which I’m mostly really excited and occasionally terrified. Southern Louisiana was my first-choice location (woo hoo!), but I never even considered that I might get assigned to teach elementary. I have all kinds of background in literature, I’ve taught college lit classes, and, I don’t know, I just figured I’d get high school. Or maybe junior high.

So elementary was a bit of a shock. I’m coming around to the idea of it, though — I’m kind of excited to get to teach things like math and science, which I can hopefully make fun and interesting. Plus, little kids will be easier to get and keep excited and enthusiastic (I hope). And, achievement-gap-wise, the earlier we get them on track and reading like champs, the better things’ll be, right?

But I’m still a little nervous about dealing with a big group of kids. I’ve finally wrapped my mind around the idea of teaching fourth or fifth grade, but I still can’t even imagine first grade. Or kindergarten. (Please God, not kindergarten.) So if any of you, my (potential) readers, have any elementary words of wisdom (or reading recommendations) to pass along — well, please do. They will be welcome.

3 Responses

  1. We’re excited you’re joining our community, too. Glad that the blogs could be such a valuable resource for you and insight into the experience. Thanks for being willing to share. Tell your fellow new-CMs in your region, too. :)

  2. eliza-sla

    CONGRATS ABOUT GETTING SLA! I don’t know about elementary, given I teach middle school, but South Louisiana is awesome.

  3. loulou

    Hellooo eliza-sla! Thanks for reading/commenting — yours was one of the very first blogs I found when I was trolling for information on Southern Louisiana!

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