The Pedagogy of Miranda

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 30 2012

No need for luck

It was a truly amazing experience to……… sleep in today! :)

All Corps Members earned this after getting up at 5:30 or 6 am for the past week to learn anything and everything– from the context of the schools we will be teaching at this summer to watching ┬áthe fancy fingers and videos of Lee Canter on the Behavioral Management Cycle. But, if there is anything that I have been able to take away from my own educational experiences, especially at the university level, it is that it is always important to be a critical and not passive participant. I know that I do not agree with the rigidness of teaching approach that is being conveyed to us as we sit through each sessions. But, I do truly respect each person who is teaching us and sharing their own experiences as teachers to explain why these theories and approaches work. I do believe that Teach for America is an amazing program and opportunity, and I am grateful to be a part of this movement. I have never felt so connected to so many people in such a small amount of time. Each of us is committed to social justice, and to know that the world is full of people like me is very, very reassuring.

I am very excited to finally, FINALLY teach on Monday to a class of 13 fifth graders. The majority of the students are attending summer school so that they can move on to the 6th grade in the fall. I want each and every one of them to succeed. I am excited to share with them my experiences at American University, since this is the theme of our classroom. Every class has a college and by chance I got my alma mater! I am going into my first day in a very positive place. I am expecting the best from these students because they not only deserve the best but because they can be the best. I know I do not need luck for the summer; I need determination, which can only come from myself.



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