Cognitive scientists tell us we
make meaning through
One at a time, rise and share a
metaphor that best describes
your experience so far in your
• Don’t wait to be called on, and try to go
• Introduce yourself by your “teacher name”—
e.g., “I’m Mr. Garcia.”
• Use your “teacher voice”– be loud, confident,
• Stand tall, hands at your sides, both feet on the
• Make 1 clear, concise statement– e.g., “It’s
been like a ____ because ____.” Don’t go on
• We need 2 scribes at the board, writing the
Please do not use
tablet, phone, etc.
for any non-class
What does Kobe Bryant do at practice?
• If you think teaching is easy, you’re doing it
• What you are doing is difficult;
• It’s important
• You can do it
• We are here to help
• Don’t’ be afraid to shine
• Teaching requires your best
• Don’t be afraid to ask for help
• There is no such thing as a successful
• Share. Collaborate. Grow.
How would you describe the
personality of your cohort?
• Write 1 adjective per Post-It, or todaysmeet… as many as
• Fold them in half, and stick them on the board
• I’ll read them aloud
• What do you think?
• Is this an accurate description, or not?
• What would you change? How do you want your cohort
What if you had to compete to get students
in your class at the beginning of the year?
What would your pitch be?
• I’m 15 years old. You have 3 minutes to convince me
to take your class. If you don’t convince me, I don’t
have to take your class.
• Get in content-alike groups of 4-5. Think about what,
how, and why students want to learn your content.
• Prepare your pitch
• In 10 minutes, you will make a presentation to
the rest of the class
• (who are 15-year-olds)
Having observed how your mentors opened the school year, what
ideas/strategies/activities/methods do you want to steal?
• Think about policies, procedures, organizational strategies, and
classroom tone that you saw. Think about how your mentor
introduced or established it.
• Get out your Post-Its or todaysmeet again and write down what
you want to steal
• Place the Post-It on the board where it best goes– under Policies,
Procedures, Organizational Strategies, Tone Setting, or Something
• Let’s take a picture and here about these in coming seminar
• Bring your syllabus and PACT Handbook to
• FNT: Teaching Analysis Paper #1 is DUE
• What standards were addressed?
• What were the lesson objectives
• Were the objective met? What is your