A lot has happened since the last time I wrote and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to keep up.
First of all, I have to say how amazing Teach for America the organization is. They are so supportive and so helpful, even when I feel like I’m doing my worst the reassure me that I’m not, that I’m not the first person this has happened to, and then teach me how I can get better. Amazing.
I have the most wonderful PD and he came and observed me and we then had a co-investigation. This is where we sit down and figure out what is going on in my classroom and why, and then what to fix and how. We decided that my daily objectives are not completely aligned to my tests and that is why my kids are doing well on my daily assignments but bombing the tests. We went through and completely unpackaged the objectives together, then I created some IPs and exit tickets aligned to those objectives, and guess what…My classes got it! Just wonderful. Now I don’t feel like I am completely failing my kids and they will feel like a success when it comes to the exam.
Another thing that has helped is something called “content courses” during the month of Novemer where we CMs get to choose what topic is really focused on our needs and then attend a session on that. I attended “How to Rebound from a Rough Start.” Also amazing and has completely changed my classes around.
I just love the fact that as a new teacher I’m not alone and I have a strong support system from Teach for America. Once thinking I was one of the worst teachers, after talking to my PD I really do think I have the potential to be one of the best teachers in Miami-Dade.