Karega Bailey (D.C. Corps ’09) shares the story of his toughest moment in the classroom. The twist? His toughest moment later led to one of his most rewarding moments as a teacher.
On the last day of the school year, a Teach For America teacher spends her time on selfies and self-reflection.
By: Marielle Emet (Baltimore ’06)
You know that scene in Mr. Holland’s Opus when he walks into the auditorium and suddenly realizes it is all about him? I had that moment. This past November I was told by my principal we were having an assembly with a lot of bigwigs to celebrate recent test scores. I created an alternative schedule, and grumbled about how this was going to throw off my unit plan. And then, about 10 minutes into the assembly (where I was mainly focused on getting a few key scholars to track the speaker) it turned out this was all a ruse: this was an assembly to give me the Milken Educator Award.
There were powerful people, quotes from kids, TV cameras, and a big check. I was in shock, people kept asking me how I felt and I was honestly (for the first time in my life, I think) at a loss for words. I was so surprised (this is not an award you apply for, and I didn’t even know I was in the running) but also in shock that my school family had done so much just to honor me, a teacher. After the camera crews left and I got back into the classroom–that was when the impact of this award took an unexpected turn.
Teachers, tell your friends and family to Share the Love today! All they need to do is send you a care package and, before popping it in the mail, take a photo of it for Pinterest or Instagram with the hashtags #tfa and #sharethelove. TFA will feature your goodies on its Pinterest page or in an upcoming newsletter.
Roses and chocolates are fine for most people, but you’re a teacher—your Valentine’s Day treats are going to be creative as well as delicious, and your crafts will be the craftiest around. Need some ideas to get you started? Here are TeacherPop’s favorite V-Day suggestions for letting your kids know how much they’re loved:
- An easy way to make heart-shaped cupcakes
- DIY candy bling rings
- 12 fun game ideas
- Polaroid-heart wall art
- Clever Valentine cards
- Heart-shaped borax crystals
There’s more—much, much more—on TeacherPop’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest board. And if you need a little reading to put you in a (pragmatically) romantic state of mind, check out:
The holiday break is almost here—so what will corps members do to relax? We asked, and the top answers include reading and spending time with family and friends. We’d expect nothing less.
Over the holiday/winter break, I’m planning to recharge by going to Jamaica with my family for almost a week! I’m definitely going to feel recharged after that. — Kelly Harper, Houston ’12
Go home and visit my family, go out to eat a lot, and get ahead in planning. — Brittany Watts, New Orleans ’12
I am going to go spend time with friends, family, and friends that are family. — Laura, Dallas Fort-Worth ’12
When the holidays hit, some teachers deck the halls and break out the hot chocolate. Others have to sneak in a bit of fun around tests. We checked in with corps members across the country to see how they’ll be celebrating the holidays in their classrooms.
I’m writing christmas cards to every student in my class and including a picture of our class. — Andrew Clay, Southwest Ohio ’12
We are going to have a group celebration with cookies, juice, and telling stories about our favorite thing about the holidays. Students will also be able to color a sheet with the prompt “My favorite holiday memory is…” — Alexandra Carlson, Kansas City ’12
We are going to be celebrating a variety of holidays thorough books, videos, dancing, and learning about each holiday. — Laura, Dallas-Fort Worth ’12