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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 04 2008

Day Five: Week One Finished. T-Minus Three Days to Teaching.

This week was a big one, and I’m glad to have gotten over the hill. Unfortunately, like last night, I don’t have much to say other than that I’m really glad that I’m doing this. Getting up in the morning is just a little bit easier because I know what an impact I’m making (hopefully!).

Oh, my CMA gave back my lesson plans today. I’ll excerpt what his comments were, for your amusement and for my nostalgia much later:

Ben,

Holy fantastic job! Truly. I can tell you’ve put a lot of work into internalizing the structure and connections between read aloud and share reading. You also did a great job thinking through exemplary student responses, actually scripting what you wanted them to say.

A few things for you to work on.

1. In your key points, you’re listing what parts of the text the students will use to do the skill and now how to do the skill. In the actual lesson you’re going over these key points (see 7/8/08 read aloud). Just make these your key points and you’re golden.

2. You started out strong mapping out where you were going in the text and scripting our your skill application in your first few lesson plans. I realize you were on a time crunch, so don’t stress it. Just make sure you have the logistics all mapped out before you submit your final draft.

I appreciate all of your hard work, critical thinking, and internalization of the sessions. Keep up the good work.

Again, great job.

So that was a good feeling, I just have some work to do this weekend. And then more LPs due Tuesday… and then again Thursday… are we detecting a pattern here? =] Haha. I am very happy.

One Response

  1. Paw

    Busy Lizzie, Bridget, Matilda J. and Fatso all wanted me to say hi and keep the noise down! While we were at Sue-Bob’s last night for an impromptu cook-out they were home listening to the world explode all around them with fireworks. No major damage but more of the tonight and maybe even tomorrow if the forecast holds and the MC bash gets pushed back to Sunday night. Oh well, it’s only once a year.

    While you’ve been relaxing in Philly (joke here, please pause for mirth) I’ve been spending quality time in the apartment getting it ready for first Bobbi and Jim and then the arrival of the Doctor. As mentioned in previous epistles, see all the fun you’re missing.

    Congrats on your CMA’s comments. Only part I’m not clear on is the “internalizing” piece. Sounds painful. Do you have to take pills for it?

    Seriously, many many pats on the back for completing your first week. Don’t think/know it’s going to get any easier, but at very least you’re starting to get your feet under you. With size 15′s that’s a very solid foundation.

    Keep up the great work.

    Luv You Mucho.

    Dad

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