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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 12 2012

Let the Adventure Begin!


My name is Olamide! I recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Tar Heel born and bred!) and I am getting ready to embark on a life changing journey miles away from a place I’ve called home for over 10 years. I understand that life changing doesn’t always mean good but I am interested to see what the rest of this country has to offer. I will be working, through Teach For America, as a middle school mathematics teacher at a charter school in the Twin Cities and I am extremely excited to “get this show on the road.” I know it will be tough, I know I will face challenges that are probably a million times more overwhelming than I could ever dream and I know that I will come to the brink of insanity. All I have to say to this is, “Bring It On…again!” I say again because this has basically been the story of my life for as long as I can remember. Maybe I live for the thrill of immense amounts of expectations and pressure both internal and external or maybe I am just absolutely crazy but I am always looking for a challenge.  I hope to use this blog, hopefully more consistently than I’ve done in the past, to recount the more ridiculous moments along the way. I do not intend for this blog to become a battleground for big debates on education reform or for diatribes about what is right or wrong with Teach For America. Rather, I plan to use it as an outlet mostly for myself and whoever is curious about what I am up to. With that said, I start Induction tomorrow and the big bad Institute next week in Chicago. I hope I know what I’m getting myself into :P


2 Responses

  1. ollieoats830

    Thank you so much for the kind words of advice! Induction has actually been an amazing experience and has got me even more fired up to get to teaching. I know institute is going to be tough but I am excited to get on with the show! Also, thanks for the links to resources! I’m sure they’ll come in handy!


  2. Ms. Math

    Of course you don’t know what you are getting yourself into. But you also know that you don’t know so it’s okay!

    Make sure to check out the online communities at TFA net surrounding teaching math meaningfully. Learning how to teach fractions well is going to be a big part of your life and there are lots of good resources there for you :) I’m happy to provide math related support. I used to be a community leader but now I’m just a grad student in math education.

    Best of luck!

    a glimpse of what I didn’t realize I was getting myself into: http://mathlovergrowsup.teachforus.org/2012/06/03/on-emotions-constructivism-and-teaching-mathematics-meaningfully/#comments

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