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Jan 15 2012

Why I Teach for America?

As mid-year approaches, I can think of all the things that I would like to change. I think about all the kids that I have not reached or I have not taught enough. I recently read my letter of intent of why I want to teach of America. There are a million reasons why I do not Teach for America.

I do not Teach for America for the following reasons.

  • To complete meaningless paperwork which my school district finds effective to help “student achievement”.
  • To watch one selfish student steal from me (even if it is just candy from my prize closet)
  • To be micro-managed by co-workers
  • So I can listen to principals power trip during an after school meeting
  • To teach to a program that is generic and scripted which makes kids HATE reading
  • To yell over a room-full of hormonal teen-agers
  • To have to force one of my students to sit at the teacher’s desk because in a class of 33 students in a room with 32 desks
  • To cry in frustration on a daily/weekly basis
  • To work countless hours on lessons that NEVER go as planned
  • To spend countless dollars on books for my book-less classroom
  • To watch 60+eye-rolls, 70+ gum sucking, 100+ OMG,really Miss O’Brien’s before a days end

But at the end of the day, I teach for America for one reason…

  • I teach for America because my kids DESERVE an equal education with a teacher who fully believes in their ability to succeed in a world that tells them they can’t.

Because of that one reason, I will continue to teach for America despite all the reasons why I do not.  This one reason will be my driving force as I push through the next 95 days with my lovely students.

8 Responses

  1. Kurt (Community Manager)

    Congratulations! Your post has been featured on the Teach For Us homepage.

  2. Andrew B.

    I feel the exact same way. One major difference between Fall and this Spring semester is that I no longer let misbehaviors and bad lessons ruin my day. I not just let them roll off my back and take tomorrow as another day to get better. It truly works wonders.

  3. amdipuh

    Loved reading this! Puts a lot in perspective.

    • ash2charlotte

      I am glad you found it helpful.

  4. Golden Apple

    Keep pushing. This was really inspiring. We need more teachers with your dedication :)

  5. Pastor Pat Snyder

    Praying for you daily. Don’t let the burearacracy get you down. You are a wonderful teacher and a great gift to your students. God Bless you and give you strength!

  6. Pastor Pat Snyder

    And remember, you are doing God’s work, and God is with you!

    • ash2charlotte

      Thank you Pastor Pat! This message is one that I try to keep in the forefront of my mind. I appreciate your support and prayer.

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