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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 14 2009

Day 153: “You’re insubordinate.”

I was told without being told, via a 20-minute conversation with the principal, that I will not return next year. It was by far the most frustrating 20 minutes of life to this point. Obviously I care a lot about my kids and I look forward to finishing the year strong (2nd period was 8/9 on the trig Do Now today!) so I’ll be finishing the year out, however, I’m going to retire the blog for the remainder of the year. Thanks to all who read and commented. I’ll update generically when I figure out my life.

8 Responses

  1. wearepennstate

    What happened???

  2. rubinc

    I’ve been reading your blog all year and it’s really helped me feel less alone when I’m struggling with my kids. I’m sorry your year is ending this way, but I’m sure that wherever you end up next year (and also for the rest of this year) you will be awesome!

  3. E. Atwood

    I have read your blog most of this school year. (I found it while surfing one day.) I teach geometry at a school in North Alabama. I am sorry for what has happened to you. I hope that things improve for you. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world.

  4. Harris from SU

    I’ve been following you blog since I found out you were doing TFA. I’m so sorry to hear. Your a good guy. Just be sure to reflect on all the positive things. N matter how small or how big. They all add up to make one’s live better.

  5. Lindsay

    I’ve been reading your blog since I applied for TFA, and your excellent description of your experiences and even handling of the obstacles and frustrations in your path really impress me. Reading your blog helped me make the decision to join the ’09 corps. I’m so sorry it’s gone this way, and hope you land somewhere you want to be in the end; you sound like a great teacher!

  6. I’m sorry. I’ve been reading all year and I know you care about the students, so I’m sad that they’ll be losing you as a teacher.

  7. Lia

    I’ve found your blog while researching TFA earlier this year, and I’ve been following it ever since. I’m very sorry to hear that your year ended this way. It sounds like you have a lot of good teaching ideas and a lot of good intentions that were frustrated and not often appreciated over the course of the year. Good luck with whatever you do next!

  8. As the comments suggest, people have been reading your blog. Since September, more than 11,000 people visited. Hope things have worked out for your placement next year, so you can continue to share your journey.

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