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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jan 16 2011


I’ve been teaching GRE preparation classes off and on for the last year or so, and my students are usually really tense and unhappy about taking the test.  I spend a lot of time trying to reframe the significance of the test for them–it’s nice to do well, but it’s not a particularly fair/accurate test, and your grades/research/letters of recommendation are MUCH more important–and I try to be sympathetic about how it feels to be a good student who’s striking out a big test.  But, really, I’m generally a pretty good test-taker, even when I don’t really know what I’m doing, so my ability to identify with my poor students has maybe been a little impaired.

But now, I’ve taken the General Science: Content Knowledge Praxis, and it turns out that, even after several months of studying, I don’t possess a lot of science content knowledge.  I have just the haziest understanding of the periodic table and almost no information about the properties of specific elements.  I don’t know any of the formulas I need to calculate anything.  I’m still really confused about the difference between meiosis and mitosis.  A lot of times, I didn’t even understand what the question was asking.

How on earth am I going to TEACH this stuff?

Granted, I’m supposed to be teaching middle school science and I took the general (not middle school) exam.  But, what if I end up teaching high school chemistry or something?  What would I DO?

I feel like I need to enroll in multiple science classes *right now.*  How I would pay for that (or fit it into my schedule) is a mystery, but oh my god.  I know nothing.

2 Responses

  1. neweyed

    i hope you did well! took the same test yesterday, definitely keeping my fingers crossed (and toes for that matter).

    • loulou

      It was rough, right? Hopefully we both passed!

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