Category Archives: Institute Critique

As the ’08 corps begins training in the five different institutes, here are my thoughts about some of the principles behind TFA’s training, and why new teachers should really evaluate the pros and cons before using them in their classrooms.

How blogs by new CMs help assess the institute

Since my own first year in 1991, I’ve been very interested in the quality of teacher training at the institute. Each year, I’ve done my own sort of evaluation of what they’re teaching and how well they’re doing it. It … Continue reading

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Is it better to succed at trying to be good or fail at trying to be great?

Is it better to succed at trying to be good or fail at trying to be great? This is a fundamental question that’s at the heart at my differences with TFA with regard to the training of the CMs. Looking … Continue reading

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A critique of the TFA ‘Classroom Management & Culture’ booklet

A critique of the TFA ‘Classroom Managment & Culture’ booklet. At the institute they use as a text a series of books that comprise the institute curriculum. Who wrote these books, I’m really not sure. But looking over the 162 … Continue reading

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The ‘evolultion’ of the TFA institute

The ‘evolution’ of the TFA institute. You’d expect the 2008 institute, eighteen years after the first institute at USC, to be very different and superior to its 1990 ancestor. As someone who was around since the second institute, and who … Continue reading

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The problem with ‘investing’

The problem with ‘investing.’ This is a buzzword I’ve been hearing a lot from new TFA CMs. ‘Investing,’ they’ve learned, is a very important thing to establish in your class right away. If the students are invested, they will be … Continue reading

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