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Nov 14 2010

Science? Science!

So last week I received my new TFA assignment.  Last year it was elementary ed in South Louisiana, which I had to work pretty hard to convince myself was going to be okay.  This year (post-deferral), it’s (get ready for it)….middle school science.

I’m actually really excited about this, although I have almost no science background.   I took bio my freshman year of college, which was (mumble, mumble) years ago.  More than ten, that’s all you need to know.  That was my last academic experience with any kind of science class.

But, I do think science is really interesting (what I know of it, anyway) and I’d like to know more.  And it seems like it could be really fun to teach.   So I’m pretty excited for this opportunity, because I’ll get to learn all kinds of new stuff.  In addition to everything  I’ll get to learn about teaching/education/etc.  Truth be told, this is one of TFA’s  huge draws for me: intensive learning opportunities.

Plus I feel SO much better about middle school.  I have pretty limited experience with 13-year-olds, it’s true, but they don’t seem as foreign to me as little kids.  I can remember what it felt like to be thirteen; I have no idea what or how little kids think.  So, yay for middle school!

I ordered a Praxis prep book last night (quite an expensive one–why do they cost so much?), so I’m almost ready to start learning about trophic spheres and whatever else a middle school science teacher needs to know.  I’m sad about having to take (and pay for) the Praxis again–especially the PLT, which was brutal and horrifying.   Hopefully it’ll be easier the second time through; when I was studying last year for the elementary ed PLT,  all my instincts about pedagogically sound teaching practices were totally wrong for elementary ed and totally sound for secondary.  Which made the constructed response question on the elementary ed a real challenge.   Another reason why middle school feels better to me.

South Louisiana, here I come!

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