The PC Fellows met this past Friday night at Teachers College for the first in a series of seminars around teaching and learning. Below, check out answers from our First Year Fellows in response to questions about their work in NYC schools this year!
What are your goals for yourself as an educator this year?
Good classroom management
Routines that make learning fun and efficient
Interactions with students on an individual basis
Implementation of practices in students’ best interests
To be effective
To observe as many teachers as possible
To eat lunch at lunchtime
To pace work
To build culturally relevant pedagogy
How will you enact powerful teaching?
By helping students to achieve individual goals and overcome challenges
Using creative activities
Discussing provocative issues
Allowing students ownership
Creating an environment of trust so that students feel at home
Investing in workshop models while using culturally relevant pedagogy
Through critical pedagogy
Putting thought into everything I do
Getting to know students
Responding to student needs
Continually asking students to share their values and opinions
Developing systems that work
What are your priorities for your students?
Providing structure and a safe environment
Establishing routines and structure to learn
Passing the Regents Exams
Helping students apply to college
Helping students to see value in their own work
Helping students improve their writing
Teaching students to behave in a collegiate environment
Do best by them
Do everything in their best interest
Remember they are just young people
I want my students to love reading and writing
What creates a positive environment for learning?
A safe, structured environment with routines and opportunities for practice
A calm teacher
All points of view are represented
All learning styles are accommodated
What are the greatest challenges you anticipate?
Gaining proficiency in classroom management
Using time effectively and planning ahead
Working collaboratively with co-teachers
Thorough understanding of age-appropriate content
Differentiating instruction for all of my students
Keeping the learning ship right-side-up