The day after Labor Day, I received contact info for a prospective CT. The next day, I met with who would turn out to be my new CT. The day started out with a brief meeting with the principal which went well; I liked his style and demeanor: serious but able to smile and jest at the right moments. My CT ventured over to meet with both of us then her and I left for her classroom. She teaches Algebra 1, AP Statistics, and AVID* classes.
I spent the entire morning with her observing three classes. She did a great job, and I could tell after the first two classes that I wanted her as my new CT. During a brunch break, she introduced me to a couple of teachers as her prospective student teacher and I clarified at that moment that I was her student teacher; no use wasting time. Later that day, I informed my program that I felt my CT and I were a good match and we’re off!
The week went well. I took it slow, and plan to maintain a slow pace for a while to make sure there is no sudden ablation in the relationship as occurred with my first CT. I do not suspect that will happen, but once bitten, twice shy they say. Subsequent posts will speak to my observations and reflections. I look forward to learning great things from my CT as I’m back on the road to becoming a math teacher for all students that enter my classroom, whether they want to learn math, or not.
* I had never heard of AVID before. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. From their website: “It is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple – raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.” See http://www.avid.org/ for further info.