2012 Goal: 100% of Breakthrough students will enter a carefully screened, academically rigorous college-prep high school program.
Name: Daniel Luber
Breakthrough Program: Breakthrough New York
Subject Teaching: 7th Grade Science
School Attending/Year: University of Southern California, Junior
Orientation Week has been one heck of an experience. From getting to know my fellow teachers to learning the fundamentals of being an educator, the long and tiring days have proved to be very rewarding. I can only imagine what's to come once the students arrive.
Above all else, I've found reflecting on my past teachers to be the most valuable teaching tool over the past few days. Now, being on the other side and observing what happens (or I guess should happen) behind the scenes, I can tell what teachers of mine took the time to do their homework, whether that be write out their lesson plans or practice effective teaching habits. I've learned that no matter how good of a teacher you think you may be, there is always room for improvement. As a result, what were once teachers of mine that I thought to be the best in the world are now subject to my criticism. I severely underestimated the complexity, time, and thought that goes into mastering effective teaching and consequently will never listen to teachers or professors the same way.
More than the changed mindset, Orientation Week has fired me up for the teaching experience. For fifteen years, I've been the one sitting at the desk, the one taking notes….the student. Now, the tables have turned, and it's my turn to be the teacher. Hopefully, I can take what I've learned in O-Week and what I know about effective teaching from my own experiences and deliver a worthwhile course to my students.