Sunday, May 06, 2007

Day in the Life: a TFA Summer Day

The following is a sample daily schedule for Teach For America's hellish summer institute:

6:00-6:30 Breakfast

6:30-7:30 Travel to school

7:30-8:00 Classroom set-up and assist with student arrival

8:00-9:00 Teach a small group of students during the Math-Literacy Hour

9:00-10:15 Lead teach

10:15-1:00 When not lead teaching, do one or more of the following, depending on the day and on the corps member's individual needs:

* Participate in a differentiated curriculum session, focused on specific
curriculum objectives where the corps member needs support
* Conduct a focused peer observation of another corps member and complete a written reflection on it
* Meet with faculty advisor to debrief their observation of classroom
* Reflect and self-evaluate using the Teaching As Leadership rubric
* Plan for or rehearse future lessons
* Prioritize time strategically through the use of a personal action plan, calendar, etc.

1:00-1:30 Supervise student lunch; eat lunch; supervise student dismissal

1:30-2:45 Participate in a core curriculum session, focused on specific course objectives

2:45-4:00 Participate in a corps member advisor group session, reflecting on progress and challenges, and engaging in a discussion of issues within the curriculum

4:00-5:00 Travel back to the university site

5:00-6:00 Free time (work-out, nap, dinner, relax, etc.)

6:00-7:30 Finalize and rehearse tomorrow's lesson plan; grade student work

7:30-9:30 Depending on the day and institute, one or more of the following:

* Attend a workshop
* Participate in a regional meeting
* Attend an institute learning team meeting

9:30-10:30 Individual/Group activities:

* Write lesson plans for the following week, utilizing the resource room as necessary
* Meet with collaborative members to plan and discuss student progress and analyze student work
* Meet with corps member advisor for feedback session

Pssh, piece of cake.

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