With an eager heart and a full cup of coffee I watched the on-line Orientation today. I remember sending my daughter to her first day of school, all excitement and promise and new shoes.
My feelings of optimism faded when the online voice brightly explained that they have a 50% pass rate. He went on to remind us that there is no course refund after 30 days, the cost of retakes is 200$ each, and there is no spellcheck feature. He added that most of the failures occur in the written sections and that a fail in that section prevents a pass overall. The phrase “do not underestimate” was used several times.
Another reason for this blog has emerged : so I can get used to writing. It will be a while before I give up spell check, however. I used it 7 times while writing this post.
Counterintuitively, at the end of this presentation we are encouraged to start applying for teaching positions now.
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