A Day in the Life of a Breakthrough Teaching Fellow

So you think you have what it takes to teach with Breakthrough next summer? Want to know what a day as a teaching fellow looks like? Catch a glimpse of a typical Breakthrough day below!

A Typical Day

The day runs from 7:30 a.m. to about 6:00 p.m. in most programs. However, many times you will find your hours of involvement to be much longer. Commitments outside the program are difficult to maintain. Many Breakthrough teacher alums say that you must live, eat, breathe and even sleep Breakthrough to be an effective teacher. Here is an example of a typical day* for a math teacher at Breakthrough:

7:30-8:00 Prepare Gather lesson materials, respond to student essays, rehearse All School Meeting skit. Meet buses in front of the school.

8:00-8:25 Breakfast Collect homework, attendance, and announcements.

8:25-8:50 Study time Meet with a student who is struggling to understand fractions.

8:50-9:45 Math class Teach strategies for solving word problems, help students classify types of word problems, develop strategies for solving and practicing rigorous problems they will see in Algebra I.

9:45-10:40 Math project Students measure the volume of the gym.

10:40-11:00 Snack break with students.

11:00-11:55 Math Department meeting

11:55-12:25 Lunch Time! Meet with club to discuss fundraising or help a student with math.

12:25-1:20 Free period Talk to study skills teacher about a student whose study habits worry you.

1:20-2:05 Elective class Native American History: Finish discussion of Plains Indians. Each student reads a selection from Black Elk Speaks.

2:05-2:55 Non-academic elective class Acting: Do voice and movement warm-ups. Run through Scene 1 of A Raisin in the Sun. Discuss character objective. Illustrate objective with improvisational games.

2:55-3:35 Afternoon activities Get involved in an afternoon activity: Join the Dance Workshop; play volleyball.

3:35-3:55 All School Meeting!

3:55-4:00 Round-up Accompany students to get backpacks from lockers.

4:00-4:15 Buses depart Stand at buses; wave goodbye.

4:15-6:00 Faculty meeting Announcements, discussion, reflection. Meeting can last until 6:00 or later.

6:00 Carefully mark papers and quizzes Complete lesson plans for the next day focusing on goals of students. Sleep and dream about classes.

* This schedule reflects that of one Breakthrough site. All sites have different schedules. The commonality among them all is a “full time +” commitment by all teachers.