I’m alive and in Wilmington, DE. Currently relaxing in my hotel room before my first official TFA event. I apologize for the absence but this past week has been beyond crazy. I found out two days ago that I’d be doing a demonstration lesson in a middle school math class. Yeah. For the past two days I’ve been in planning mode, bombarding friends and co-workers with my tales of woe if they dared to ask how I was. A couple long, sleepless nights later, it’s done.
I woke up feeling sick thinking about it, which is ridiculous given the fact that I do this every single day! But, this was different. I woke up, had breakfast, practiced a few more times and was off. Let me just say, I don’t know what I would have done without L being my audience as I practiced over and over.
I arrived at the school 1 1/2 hours early. I cursed the fact that there was no coffee spot in sight. no, I wasn’t going to the Exonn-Mobil. I sat in the car and practiced… practiced interview questions, my lesson, everything. Finally, I had enough, turned up the radio and sang along to “Sweet Home Alabama”. I walked into the school and was drawn to the “community meeting” going on in the cafeteria… 60 kids and I heard nothing but the speaker’s voice. I was greeted by the teacher who would be hosting my demo. TFA alumni. Then I was led to a classroom so I could observe… students working steadily without much guidance from the teacher… another TFA alum. Sensing a theme, are we? I was then guided through the school by the Curriculum Specialist (yes, another TFA-er) as we waited for the principal to get out of another demo. Finally, I was up. I affixed my handmade poster to the white board and grabbed all the materials I had spent hours preparing. With that, I was off. It honestly could not have gone better. It was 15 minutes of active listeners, eager participants and a calm, directed attitude on my part. I said goodbye to the class and headed to the principal’s office for a ‘de-briefing’ (their words). They talked to me about my lesson, gave me some constructive criticism, and then the CS left so that the principal and I could have a little chat. I was really inspired by him; a foreword thinking person who I believe could really be an amazing mentor. Our conversation was productive. That’s all I’m saying. I’ll wait until I have signed paperwork to give you specifics. No need to jinx it! Despite the promise of today’s interview, I also have more interviews scheduled for tomorrow. busy does not do my schedule justice right now.
Thank you for all of the kind words of encouragement and patience while I work through this time of chaos! Back to regularly scheduled programming soon. Excuse me while I take advantage of DE’s NO SALES TAX feature. a happy girl, indeed.