Monday, January 5, 2009

Thumb Twiddling and To Sir, WIth Love

God, the waiting. THE WAITING.

I think the soonest I'll hear anything is January 20th -- the date I'm suppose to hear back with more info from Teach for America. However, in rereading the email they sent me back in November, I did notice that they did not say they would necessarily tell me if I were in or out on that date, only that they would provide me with an update on my status. So, in reality, come Jan 20th, they could simply tell me that I'm STILL on the waitlist. Maddening.

And I really have no firm date by which I'm suppose to hear back from NYC Teaching Fellows. I've gotten various answers back from different people. I've heard 5 weeks after the interview (which would be tomorrow). I've heard mid-January. I've heard late-January and even early-February. It's like they've got a drunken monkey spinning a wheel-of-luck doo-hickey in their office deciding our fate.

Anyway, now on to "To Sir, With Love" -- a pretty cool movie with Sidney Poitier. He's a clean-cut, well spoken teacher in a bad school in a bad neighborhood in London. His kids are in their final year of schooling and utterly unteachable. He decides to throw out the curriculum and, instead, teach them about life -- he starts with manners, making everyone in the class call eachother as Sir or Ms. and by their proper, last name.

The movie is one of the better of the "teacher makes a difference" genre, though a bit dated. Of course, if "Sir" was teaching in NYC, he'd be unable to do any of this, because of the regents exams. 8)

Anyway, if you haven't seen it, check it out.

Really, for no good reason whatsoever, I wandered over to the NYCTF website and looked at what they had up under Application Timeline. They say that applicants should hear by mid-January and that those who interviewed in early December (i.e. ME) should hear within five to seven weeks. So 5-7 weeks puts me at anywhere between tomorrow and January 20th.

We'll see if they actually get back to me in that timeframe.

OK, that's all.

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Also, I should add that that, after an email from me asking a few question, I got a nice email from the folks at the NYC Teaching Fellows. They answered my questions and also informed me that I would be hearing some word by, and I quote, "mid-late January."

I'm going to unilaterally decide that "mid-late" means somewhere between Jan 15th and Jan 25th.

I should start up a betting pool on when I'll actually hear from them.


Marisa said...

Hi, Good luck on your acceptances. I'm also applying because I want to teach permanetly and feel I'd be prepared without grad. school. I have an interview with NYCTF next week and probably TFA soon after. I'm leaning toward NYCTF. In what you wrote about the interviews, you didn't mention if they asked about the two articles in NYCTF. Did they not ask anything? And what kinds of "school situations" did they ask about?

Bronx2020 said...

Actually we hardly touched on those two articles at all in the NYCTF interview -- which was not the case with TFA. I mean, we had to have a discussion that dealt with some of the ideas and themes from those articles. So, they are helpful to have under your belt. But there were no questions or conversations that directly referenced the articles.

And as for the "school situation" questions -- they were mostly along the lines of "If one of our kids did THIS, how would you respond?"

Anonymous said...

Stumbled upon your blog when I was searching to see if any others out there have been waitlisted for TFA. I checked back today (7 days before the anticipated 20th) and they've updated my status. By updated, I mean they're keeping on hold again until March. You should check though...maybe you'll have better luck!

Anonymous said...

To the last commenter: No way! I am also on the wait list and it still says I should hear back on Jan 20th. OMG! I can't imagine what I would do if they bumped me back until March...or even worse after all this waiting rejected me!!


Ms. Flecha said...

What will you do if you get into both programs?

Bronx2020 said...

Yeah, I just logged into the TFA applicant portal, and my status letter there has the same change -- to March. But, I'm not quite sure what this means ... it seems weird that they'd change that without sending me (or any of us) an email. It could just be an automated data field that changes as the application process waves roll through. I think I'll shoot 'em an email and find out.

And as far as getting into BOTH programs ... no need spinning my wheels needlessly on that one until it happens. 8)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...Bronx would you mind letting me know what TFA says when you email them? I am particularly curious about whether there will extended waitlist.


Bronx2020 said...

I actually updated this info in a later post, but I suppose I should add a note here as well.

I logged back into my TFA applicant portal a few days later, and the date that originally said JANUARY 20, and that had been changed to a date in MARCH, was, once again, back on JANUARY 20.

All very annoying.

Being a computer guy, I can easily see this being a glitch/burp in their information systems. But I guess I'll find out for sure on January 20th.

Oh, and I'm not going to email TFA. I'm done email these people. Not that I'm getting bitter or anything.


Caroline said...

... so, what happened? I have been on the edge of my seat, as I'm sure you have, too!!

Bronx2020 said...

Delayed .... sigh.

It seems like everyone in the Teaching Fellows program has been waitlisted. No actual admissions yet.

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