That’s how we believe that anyone ever gets good at anything, including teaching. No one starts out as an amazing teacher—they get better every day by practicing their craft. In NTR, residents get the chance to learn, practice, and improve their teaching skills, so that they’re ready to be effective teachers in year one.
During the fall, residents observe great teaching at our partner schools; they see and learn the instructional techniques of their effective mentor teachers with proven track records of driving student learning. In NTR classes, using curriculum licensed from the Match Teacher Residency, residents learn why and how these strategies work. More importantly, they get the chance to practice them and get specific feedback from the NTR team on how to use and perform them better.
During the spring, residents are coached by their mentor teachers during student teaching. They get specific feedback on what they’re doing well and what they need to work on to get better. By the time residents take over their own classroom, they’ve logged over two hundred hours of authentic, strategic practice overseen by their mentor teachers and NTR staff.