Practice and Feedback.

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.


Some of the Teaching Strategies Residents Learn (and practice!) in NTR:

1. Building Relationships with Students and Families

  • How to learn from your students about their community and culture
  • How to motivate students to give their best every day
  • How to invest parents as your partners in their child’s education
  • How to problem-solve and partner with parents in order to support students through challenging experiences

2. Effective Instructional Strategies

  • How to plan differentiated, practice-heavy lessons aligned with the new TN Core standards
  • How to run an urgent, efficient class that maximizes learning time and student engagement
  • How to give precise academic feedback that drives student learning
  • How to assess student learning and use that data to guide your instruction

3. Building a Positive Classroom Culture

  • How to build a classroom culture of teamwork, effort, and accountability
  • How to celebrate your students’ differences in your curriculum and classroom
  • How to develop a “growth mindset” in yourself and what it looks like to model it and develop it in your students
  • How to convey high classroom expectations and build opportunities for students to display character in academic settings