Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oooofaa! Teach for America answer.

Well, I suppose it could be worse.

I got an answer back from Teach for America this Monday -- and am on the waitlist. This means that I won't hear back until Jan 20th.

After my interview, which went rediculously well, this irked me a little bit. I put it down to one of three things:

  1. I completely screwed the pooch on the written quiz portion of the interview -- but I'm fairly sure this is not the case.
  2. I horrendously misread how the interview went and I actually sucked.
  3. I put down that I could and would only accept admission if placed in NYC, and I think that they are holding off doing any placements in NYC because of ensuing budget cuts there, I was put on the waitlist.

So, a little bummed, but at least I didn't *NOT* make it -- at least not yet.

And I have my NYC Teaching Fellows interview in 2 weeks.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

America the Beautiful...

This blog is about education and teaching, period. I think too many educators' blogs become, at times, overwrought with political rants and ideological banterings. However, because I think it important enough to do so, and without gushing (or sobbing) with my own liberal, conservative and/or moderate views, I interupt this blog for a brief note about the election.

This country is amazing, if not always perfect.

I love politics. A lot. Way too much. Election Night is like my every-four-years Superbowl (which I guess would make it more like the Olympics or the World Cup, but I'm trying to keep this American-ey here). As I sat there drinking my 6-7 fingers of scotch (whether in celebration or in sorrow I won't say) I had to thank God I was born here. HERE. And, with all its worts and scars (which, at times, are horrid), and with all its imperfections (of which there are many), the system here in the United States (both political and economic) continues, daily, to amaze me with its flexibility, its fortitude, and its basic soundness.

That is all.

Now back to your regularly scheduled blog.

Monday, November 3, 2008

NYC Teaching Fellows interview scheduled...

After being in a sort of application-limbo for the last month, NYCTF finally put up their interview schedule today on their website. The website was completely slammed all morning, so it was like trying to get Yankee tickets on Ticketmaster the morning tickets go on sale ... in other words, it was a giant pig-screw.

I managed to get a slot on the first day of interviews, Dec 2nd. I also got logged in for my Sufferering Compatriot (we shall still call her 'K') and she got a slot that same day. I'll be holding my little secrets of getting into bogged down websites close to the vest -- since I still want an advantage next Spring when yankee tickets go on sale. 8)

The horribly lagged website and the vague timeframe (i.e. schedules will be up some time in November) both lend to the continuing bad vibes I've been getting about NYCTF -- especially as compared to Teach for America.

I'll be curious how the NYCTF interview goes and how it compares with my TFA interview experience.

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