I’m now two weeks into intensive training and one week into teaching summer school math. I wanted to SHOW you a few of the structures and activities we’ve (my ELA co-teacher and I) have learned and implemented in the classroom.
I wake up at 5am and am on the bus to school at 6:05. We begin setting up our classrooms at 6:45, and the kids start to trickle in from 7am through 7:30. School (morning meeting, academic intervention, reading, writing, math, and lunch) lasts until 12:30. All children have left the campus by 1pm. We (teachers-in-training) continue to attend workshops and seminars until 4:30 and are back at the University (where we’re staying) by 5pm. After eating dinner, I plan, grade, and organize materials until 11pm or midnight.
To be honest, these have been two of the most stressful weeks of my life. Working 18 hours a day, though, is necessary when the learning curve looks like Mt. Everest. And I FINALLY feel like I’m starting to get into my groove as far as planning and executing lessons go.
Here’s a tiny illustration:
The Ride to School/ the City Landscape
Behavior Management and Reasons to Grow
Day 1 Math Problem Response
(Explain your answer: “I know it because I did the math.”)
Response to Homework
(*Note: not all of the kids were this positive*)
An End-of-the-Week Teacher Evaluation
(Ranging from overwhelming positive to deeply honest)
Also, to clarify my summer school students are entering 6th grade. AND I just found out a week ago that I’ll be teaching 6th grade year-round when I get back to my city!