I’m going to start writing about this day in the middle, since it’s actually been four days since all this occurred, and I no longer remember the details.

Today was the first time we saw our kids. My teaching group (myself and three other corps members) filed into our FA’s (Faculty Advistor’s) classroom to observe her teaching her kids. We’d never met/seen either our FA or the kids before. The FA didn’t acknowledge us, so we just sat in the back of the classroom and watched. She was teaching how to multiply using the area model (basically using grids to “count” squares). There were only four kids in the class (all girls — the three boys were in a different class). I would be teaching 6th grade math, but there had been a mix-up where all the 6th graders went to the elementary school instead of the middle school, so right now there were only those seven kids enrolled in summer classes.

We watched for a while, but then the time came for us to leave, so we filed out without ever having been acknowledged.

Our next session was focused on learning how to write lesson plans, and after lunch we spent time on that. We also attended an assembly with the other teachers where they went over logistics like bus schedules. We only stayed for an hour, though, as we had to move on to another session.

Upon returning to the university, I took a nap from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and then went to dinner. Our first lesson plan (for Monday) was due tonight, as was our “vision” for our classroom this summer, so that’s what I spent my time on this evening. I went to bed around 3:00 am.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

6:25 am — 6:35 am Bus to Your School
7:00 am — 8:50 am Daily Vision Setting (Corps members not teaching reading)

Daily Vision Setting in Middle School Reading (Corps members teaching reading)

8:50 am — 9:00 am Break
9:00 am — 9:40 am Operations Information: University Operations
9:40 am — 10:15 am BEST Operations, Policies, and Procedures
10:15 am — 10:55 am FA (Faculty Advisor) Observations
11:00 am — 12:30 pm Lesson Methods (Corps members not teaching reading)

Methods for Reading Instruction (Corps members teaching reading)

12:30 pm — 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm — 1:30 pm Core Member Reflections
1:30 pm — 1:40 pm Transition
1:40 pm — 2:15 pm APS Common Core Training
2:15 pm — 2:25 pm Transition
2:25 pm — 4:25 pm Lesson Planning Clinic / Core Member Work Time: Daily Vision Setting