Sunday, February 19, 2006


We looked through several essays of students interested in taking on the Teaching Institute next year. We first brainstormed what qualities we should look for, created a rubric then selected 12 candidates along with the 15 Juniors who already we guaranteed spots. We concluded that the pool needed to be much deeper to choose from. We need to share our positive experiences with our students hoping to inspire them to partake in the Teaching Institute internship. Hopefully with a dedicated person for Montessori our students will shape the program. Students should be vying for acceptance into the program instead of passively expecting it. We have a vision in the school; TI and Advisory are both part of this vision.

Once again, I feel it is important to mention that Advisory is the most expensive program we have at this school, the lessons for advisory must be planned and center on school wide values and modeling best pedagogical practices. If you need help please let me know…..(or click here)

I was personally concerned that this past Friday there was much chaos during Advisory, from and outsider venturing toward our campus, it looked much like wasted NYC BOE $$$. We do not want to jeopardize this program for our students because we were to shy to ask for help. Advisories have been pulled from other schools because teachers failed to instill academic rigor into them. Are we doing anything to avoid this? Can we do this? The concept paper suggested work around the Teaching Institute. Maybe this needs to happen?


Swetten said...

Maybe we need to reiterate the rule that there is to be no food allowed in the advisory period. Roni and I are planning student taught lessons around teen issues, if anyone would like to do this just ask one of us. Advisory is my favorite class of the week I wouldn't want to lose it.

W Brown said...

Frank can you leave a copy of your lesson idea in room 318?