Breakthrough Collaborative is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that motivates high potential and passionate middle school students from underserved communities visualize the path to high school and college. Through the unique “Students Teaching Students” model, recruited college-bound teaching fellows work cooperatively with their students to create a community that strives to advance social equity through education. As a Teaching Fellow, I look forward to spending a summer teaching and a lifetime leading.
At the Breakthrough New York site, training commenced on Tuesday June 9th. The three-week, intensive “Orientation Week,” aims to prepare teaching fellows for the academic rigors, classroom management challenges, and professional assessment they will face throughout the summer program. As teacher effectiveness is the primary determining factor of student achievement, the Breakthrough staff has worked tirelessly to explain and break down the components of their successfully tried and tested Intern Teaching Training Initiative (ITTI). The ITTI model is a unique system carefully crafted to lead novice teachers and underserved students to success.
During O-Week, fellows were also trained to develop a plan of action when faced with classroom management challenges. In addition to being explicit with class routines through pro-active management, teachers are required to act immediately and purposefully when confronted with student misbehavior. Another key component of classroom management is emotionally empowering the students by motivating them to adopt a growth mindset. As a fellow, I must lead by example and show students that through hard work and a solidified work ethic, achievement is tangible. As an 8th Grade Physics instructor, I look forward to sharing my passion for science and the power of STEM with my fellow students. By helping them develop problem- solving and critical thinking skills, I am interested in seeing students eventually become unafraid to tackle challenges. I am excited to make Physics a hands-on experience with several chances to apply Newton’s laws to innovative and rigorous lab experiments. Furthermore, as a Barnard science major, I am going to make an active effort to break the gender binaries that exist within the STEM-related fields. I hope to inspire women to overcome stereotypes to further their interests in a historically male dominated field.