An Update on “My Teaching Job (?!)”

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement and congratulations on this post!

I ended up not starting on Friday since my application was still being processed. I’m waiting to hear back from the school. I’ll update when I’ve had my first day!

Jodi asked: What will your duties include? Will you work 1:1, w/ small groups, or in the classroom w/ the teacher?

As an AVID tutor, I will be an assistant to one of the AVID teachers and work with him all day through four class periods with students in grade levels 9-11.  I’ll only work one or two days a week and those days will be Tutorial Days; if second tutor is needed, the days he or she works will also be Tutorial Days. AVID provides many helpful tutoring and studying techniques for students, so that they can help each other and themselves: for example, students are taught that when helping a friend, to lead them to the answer with prodding questions instead of saying the answer outright.

I’ll be overseeing this process with the AVID teacher. Students bring in a few questions they had from their core classes (like a math concept that’s giving them trouble or an essay prompt they’re puzzling over), get into small groups according to the subject of their questions, and take turns explaining their question and receiving guidance and help from the tutor (the AVID teacher, me, a student in the group who feels confident with the question, or a combination). Students are encouraged to bring the textbooks and notes of the classes they have questions for extra resources.

Being an AVID graduate, it’s been fun to write about this process that’s so familiar to me! More to come!


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