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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Oct 25 2012

Today is Parent Teacher Conference Day and since my school requires the parents pick up their child’s report card – the school is packed.  Parents are streaming in and out of my room. It’s interesting to finally meet the people who are responsible for my students.

With meeting the parents I am forced to think about accountability. Who is accountable for the student’s performance? The teacher or the student? I know that I could do more to help the students achieve higher scores. I know that I can adopt stricter classroom procedures to help the classroom learning environment. I also have to remind myself that I am still knew at this. Somewhere along the way I have tricked myself into believing that I am completely trained for this position; that I am qualified.

I remember on the last day of Institute when we were all sweating and tired after a long day at Greenville-Weston. The staff played this video for us, from a Denzel movie. He was teaching a little girl to swim and when it was time for her to compete he asked her “Are you trained or untrained?” She would scream “Trained!” After the clip the staff asked us the same thing. “Now that you have completed institute, are you trained or untrained?” We all shouted back, some more weary than others, “Trained!”

But I’m not one to believe that.

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