Today we began our school day in our CMA (Corps Member Advisor) groups. My group consisted of myself, seven other corps members, and our corps member advisors. We went in a round-robin sharing our “vision” for our summer school classroom, with the others commenting on the positive aspects and on ways it could be improved. The other corps members seemed quite impressed by mine for some reason and hardly critiqued it at all.

Next, we attended a session that talked about the importance of having high expectations for our students, and then returned to our CMA’s room to work on our lesson plans. We had lunch and then went to meet our FA (Faculty Advisor). The woman who was to be our FA didn’t even know we were coming, and seemed very hesitant to have us teach her kids. In her own words, “she would try to keep her hands off our lessons, but it would be very hard for [her].”

I don’t really remember what we did after that meeting, so I’m not going to talk about it.

Back at Georgia Tech, I took a nap for half an hour, and then — groggy and disoriented — went to grab dinner before attending a mathematics seminar on INM (Introducing New Material) planning for our lessons. The seminar was actually pretty bad (it didn’t address the topic at all) but I talked to the leaders afterwards and got an idea for my lesson plan for Monday, so that was good.

After the seminar, I skimmed another 45 minute nap, and at 9:30 pm met with my teaching group (three corps members from my CMA team, plus myself, who would be teaching the same set of students) in order to write a collaborative behavior management system, since we would all be teaching at the same time. (Originally, it wasn’t supposed to be that way. We were each supposed to teach a period, and each period would have different kids. But because enrollment was so small, we were all going to teach the same kids and just alternate the days we taught them. For that reason, our behavior management systems had to vie.)

At midnight, I returned to my room to work on Wednesday’s lesson plan and my Investment plan (a plan for investing my kids in their learning), both of which were due by 5:00 am. I went to bed at 4:15 am, not looking forward to a 5:00 am wake-up call.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

6:25 am — 6:35 am Bus to Your School
7:00 am — 8:35 am Summer School Vision: Share Out and Reflection
8:35 am — 8:45 am Transition
8:45 am — 10:15 am Teaching Students Your High Expectations for Behavior
10:15 am — 10:25 am Transition
10:25 am — 11:55 am Lesson Planning Clinics
12:00 pm — 12:50 pm Lunch
12:50 pm — 1:45 pm FA Observations/Student Interviews/FA Meetings
1:45 pm — 2:25 pm CM Differentiated Time
2:25 pm — 4:25 pm The Path to a Culture of Achievement
6:00 pm — 7:00 pm Creating Effective INM for Math