Now I know of at least two new teachers who plan to return to their Oakland schools in the fall.
Nicole A. Pierce, a first-year teacher at West Oakland Middle School, writes on the Tribune’s My First Year blog about her decision to come back. She also tells us about a growing sense of can-doism among the teaching staff as the year went on, about why she didn’t end up blogging much this year, and about one thing she plans to do this summer.
Yes, the idea of having first-year teachers post regularly (and not anonymously) about their experience — on top of everything else they have to contend with — might have been unrealistic from the start. But when they have written, I’ve enjoyed their honest, sometimes funny and always well-crafted prose.
Come to think of it, if you’re an Oakland teacher and would be interested in documenting the 2008-09 school year in a similar forum, let’s talk. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.