Teach For America

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    Dec 01, 2008 3:56 AM GMT
    Hey everyone. I'm looking into going into Teach for America, and I was wondering if anyone has done it. What were your experiences?

    I double majored in Biol and Chem with a Math minor. I got a genetics master's and am finishing an ethics masters, so I don't know if that stuff hurts or helps me. Anyway, thanks for the help!

    Dan
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    Dec 01, 2008 8:24 AM GMT
    i think i'm going to be applying for teach for america as well.

    all those degrees are probably going to hurt you though, i hear they really look for the most unqualified people possible. icon_razz.gif

    hopefully as an engineer that'll give me the edge to get one of those coveted spots!

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    Dec 01, 2008 9:27 AM GMT
    Shoot! I swear I didn't even pay attention in that middle master's.

    I thought it could be bad if TFA was kind of seen as a stepping stone to graduate school, or if maybe I'd seem like I don't have a clear idea of what I want to do...because I totally do! I swear.
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    Dec 01, 2008 9:31 AM GMT
    What is Teach for America?
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    Dec 01, 2008 9:33 AM GMT
    It puts people who aren't formally trained in education into schools that are underfunded and underperforming (whatever that means).

    It's a two year appointment kind of like the Peace Corps.
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    Dec 01, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    bump. No one has done this!?
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    Dec 01, 2008 7:07 PM GMT
    I have friends that have done it and I've gotten mixed reactions. As far as getting in, they're really going to like the fact that you are into science because they need math and science teachers the most.

    From what I've heard from my friend that has done it, there are definitely ups and downs. She says it takes A LOT of patience to teach in an inner-city school. That being said, she takes pride in the little victories she has with various students. Don't expect that all of the students are going to be angels by the end of the year because there is just no way that's going to happen.