The aim of improvisation is to challenge students to think for themselves while also facilitating the process to keep them actively engaged. By working with a team of professionals with experience teaching a variety of students in different schools, you can learn more about improvisation, thus further engaging your students at every level.
If you’re embarking on a journey to become a teacher in New York City, this fellowship could be a chance for you to gain invaluable experience while also learning about full-time job opportunities in the area. Yesenia Peralta talks to us about her experience as a former teaching fellow at Practice Makes Perfect:
At Practice Makes Perfect, we have a teaching fellowship program which exposes college students who want to become teachers to classrooms and neighborhoods they once had negative preconceptions of. By introducing them to the environment that they once saw as different or unsafe and altering their preconceptions, we’ve been able to create a pipeline of teachers in many of the low-income neighborhoods we’re serving.
By laying out your classroom in a specific way, you can clarify student expectations. This, in turn, helps students participate more fully in the activity you have planned. Aside from preparing them for the lesson, this can ward off disruptive behavior that often occurs when students are caught off guard.
Social-Emotional Learning, or SEL, is a process that allows both children and adults to learn the skills they need to understand and manage emotions. By doing so, they can set and accomplish goals, have positive relationships, make positive decisions, and feel and show emotions for others. According to CASEL, there are 5 core SEL competencies. These include:
Responsible decision making
In 2015, more than 60% of children aged 3 to 18 had internet access at home. Also, the average age a child gets a smartphone is now 10.3 years. With this in mind, teachers need to adapt their lessons and curricula according to the evolution of today’s digital natives. But, successful technology integration is about more than getting the tools into the classroom.
Take our summer program, for example. By the end of the summer, we always see a growth in math and reading literacy. But, the impact of our summer program is not limited to the short-term increase in math and English scores. And, if we stuck to this sole measure of success, our program would just be another intervention.
Despite the evidence that smaller class sizes can improve student learning, it’s not as simple as just reducing the number of kids in a classroom. Yes, when we decrease the number of kids in a classroom we reduce the teacher’s workload. But, do we increase the quality of the instructions or the teaching experience?