Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 24 2009

Humble Sponge

Just finished my second day of induction.  I definitely do not feel like I have only known these people for less than 48 hours!

That is what stands out so much to me right now– the people here are out of control amazing.  I don’t even know how to start to put down in words how impressed I am by this group of people.

The press release about Teach For America being in the Twin Cities was released yesterday, and we’ve had a lot of discussions about how Minnesota and teachers here will react to this.  It has only reinforced my notion that being a charter corps WILL be interesting.  We are out to prove a lot of people wrong about us : )

Tim Pawlenty came and spoke with us today– that was a bit of a highlight.  Regardless of political standing, his support is a key component to are establishment in this area, so I am rather thankful that he is behind us.

My favorite little quip that has been thrown out there– there have been a lot so far– was by our executive director (and fellow Gustie!).  He said that in order to be a great teacher, you have to be a humble sponge.  We all need to swallow our pride and be willing to recognize that we have a ton to learn– from books, from experiences, and from others.  I want to be a humble sponge!
Another favorite: One of our program coordinators said that when she was in a corps, her director would always ask, “Do you have a healthy dose of outrage?”  The point being, if we didn’t have some outrage about this inequality we were facing, something is wrong.  Even after two days, I definitely have this outrage being sustained.  I think I will talk about this a lot more in the near future.

Alright– off to bond with these amazing corps members of mine!

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