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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 27 2012

“If you really want to make a difference”

The reaction to my video from corps members in TFA has very encouraging. Each person who spoke to me about it said that they really enjoyed knowing they shared the same sentiments with other people. It was comforting for them to know that their experience was shared and yet still unique.

Reactions from other people have not been as positive. Read the comment left on the youtube video:

“If you really wanted to make a difference, you would use the short time you had at institute more wisely towards efforts that will actually help your children this summer.” - mikethemanlyman 

Well Mr. Mike the Manley Man, you are clearly confused. How dare you suggest how I should be spending my time. It is interesting that it is expected of corps members to eat, sleep, and drink all TFA rhetoric and only speak positively of an extremely difficult service commitment. As I continue to document my experience here, I hope that people will have an open mind and step away from the image of “what they think I should be doing.”

Yes, I can lesson plan AND edit videos. Yes, I can also get 6 hours of sleep. Yes, I can also execute an AMAZING lesson  - I did just yesterday with my five brillant students. Yes, those five students have all achieved top scores on my last exit ticket (end of lesson assessments).

There is nothing wrong with someone voicing their own opinion. This is something that we encourage our students to do on a daily basis.

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