In thinking about my lead teach experience, I can best relate my experience to what I imagine running a marathon would be like. Running a marathon includes preparation, training, endurance, and enthusiasm… Lead teaching sounds similar. During my lead, I had moments that were difficult and frustrating, but also funny and awesome. While heading into day one, I imagined my biggest struggle would be stamina. Wasn’t I going to be … Continue reading
Denver Teacher Residency is fortunate to have the voices of nearly 100 different residents, alumni, staff, and friends of the program, who all lend their unique perspective and voice. The diverse experiences and backgrounds that each brings, will be highlighted here. This blog gives you insight into the program, what a “day in the life” of a resident looks like, and some other tidbits of humor, levity, and ah-ha moments.
If you are a prospective applicant reading this post, one of the significant parts of our program revolves around being in a classroom by yourself and getting firsthand experience teaching. This is called the lead teach period and it occurs once each semester, for two weeks in October and for three weeks in April. During this window, the resident teacher (in this case, me) is expected to fulfill all the … Continue reading
Oatmeal is a great breakfast! It’s healthy, contains many carbohydrates, and can be mixed with many different ingredients: including, but not limited to fresh fruit, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and cream/milk. Oatmeal does have one critical pitfall; it requires cooking in the morning. I’ve been on an oatmeal binge lately (if you hadn’t guessed by now) and before my lead teach week my oatmeal breakfasts had all been peachy. However, starting … Continue reading
After surviving the first mini-lead teach, my decision to become a teacher was solidified, however I believe surviving is an accurate assessment for the three days. If lead teaching meant only delivering lessons to students, then maybe this job would be easier. Who knew it was actually a balancing act of delivering content, managing behavior, transitions, supplies, and pacing? I think the answer is: every teacher in the world. The … Continue reading
We are excited to introduce you to our newest bloggers! They will be sharing their experiences with Denver Teacher Residency (DTR) throughout the year. Our bloggers are: Rebecca (Becky) Davis, current resident at Gust Elementary John Walsh, current resident at West Leadership Academy Be sure to follow them as they learn and teach in Denver Public Schools’ classrooms!
Visiting other schools and classrooms is always a valuable experience for me. One of the great things about teaching is that is so much room to be creative while still providing a great education to your students. Learning rotations allowed me to see some of the great ideas other teachers have that I may have never thought of bringing into my classroom. One of the great things I saw was … Continue reading
Now that you are planning for your first TCAP, what are your fears? Your hopes? How does this responsibility feel different than it did for your Residency? TCAP strikes fear in the hearts of many, especially my students. They are already getting worn out by testing (with me, Interims, ACCESS). I have really tried this year to create lessons that will teach skills my students can use on the testing … Continue reading
One of the biggest perks of DTR is the chance we get to observe other schools and teachers on a Learning Rotation. A few times out of the school year, we get the opportunity to visit various schools in the district and come back to our classroom with some new great strategies. Many of the schools that I’ve visited are not DTR Host School Sites, which means I really get … Continue reading
Howdy! My name is Ben Sullens and I am a new blogger for DTR. I completed my residency at Cole Art and Science Academy during the 2011-2012 school year. I am currently teaching at Greenwood Academy, Far Northeast Denver, in an intermediate Mild/Moderate special education classroom. To say I have some lofty dreams for 2013 is an understatement. I already completed DTR, so what is my next step? Where do … Continue reading
After a successful recharge over the holidays, it has been really great to be back in the classroom. December was a difficult month of testing and everyone anticipating the coming break, but when my students came back, all of them seemed happy and hopeful, and I realized how much I had missed them. It was a great way to start the new year. This year promises to be challenging, perhaps … Continue reading
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