Last week our Cohort 2 program graduates took the time to write letters to our new group of resident teachers that just recently began the residency program. The letters highlighted valuable aspects of the residency year, provided ‘key-learnings’ and reflections, and offered words of wisdom to the new group. We are so fortunate to have had such a great group of graduates and are excited to witness the tremendous impact they will have on student learning and school culture this year.
Below is an excerpt from one of these letters (additional sections of letters will be shared in the coming weeks):
Immerse yourself in the school community: Being in the same school and in the same classroom for an entire year is such a great opportunity to make a true impact on your students and become a member of the school community. I urge you to build relationships with your students, invest in them and help them develop their unique passions and strengths, and go to their events. I will always love and remember my students in my residency classroom and getting to know their unique interests and dreams is an experience I treasure. In addition to building relationships with your students, build relationships with the other teachers at your school. Observe them teaching, and talk to them about their thoughts on teaching. In addition to my official mentor teacher I had four other teachers invest in me during this year and I learned so much from each one. Do not just picture yourself as a ship passing quickly through the night at your residency school, you can leave an impact on your students and your school and they will definitely impact you.