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Anyone hear back today (4/3/14)?

Hi all! Today I got a message from Teaching Fellows that my application is under review. Has anyone else heard back today or heard something different? The message has actually made me way more nervous than I previously was.

My selection day was 3/22


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Apr. 3rd, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
Don't stress. I know ppl who were put on hold and have gotten accepted at a later date. Don't stress, the odds are in your favor.
Apr. 3rd, 2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm trying not to stress too much, but the not knowing is killing me! lol
Apr. 3rd, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
I also heard back today - I was accepted to teach English! My selection day was 3/19. I think that they are making acceptances based on estimated vacancies. What subject area did you teach? I am sure you will be fine; best of luck!
Apr. 7th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hello ! I just received the invitation to selection day today and am being considered under the subject of "English." I am already trying to get some ideas for the 5-minute lesson I will be teaching at selection day in late April. I was wondering if you had any tips for the English mini-lesson? I am concerned that 5 minutes is not long enough to get into anything related to writing or critical thinking/reading... But I am trying to think outside the box as well. I am super excited for selection day and appreciate any advice/tips !!! Thank you ! Congratulations on being accepted into the fellows program !
Apr. 9th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Most important tip: keep it simple! And I mean really simple. Five minutes is very, very short. Focus on one main point, and then run through some examples, and then have your "students" do a few examples on their own and share their answers with the class (I teach, we do, you do). Don't try to jam pack as much as you can into 5 minutes.
Apr. 9th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for the advice! Five minutes is so short, especially for English and I was thinking it is more of a challenge to prepare a five-minute lesson than a longer one! I want to create something impressionable, thought-provoking, unique, and effective! Your guidance is very helpful... I will try not to do too much in the limited time, and create a lesson that can be completed successfully. Thank you again!
Apr. 9th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
I would pay close attention to the topics they provide - at my Selection Day, the people who seemed to struggle were the people that got a little TOO creative and in-depth. I did a very basic literal/figurative language lesson and was able to finish my lesson and teach the concept clearly.

Also, I would avoid having students read too much during your lesson. It is tempting, since you're being considered for ELA...but if the class is reading, your instructional ability might not be demonstrated to its full potential. Just my opinion!

Side note, I did not know until I arrived that you could teach any grade level - we had to write on the board what grade our lesson was geared towards. With that in mind, you could prepare a pretty elementary lesson.

Good luck!
Apr. 9th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your response and tips! I do not want go overboard, yet I want to be informative and effective in delivering a well-rounded, engaging lesson. I suppose balancing out my lecturing with "student" participation is crucial. I was also considering having a short handout that the audience can view while I speak so they don't have to only rely on my voice as the lesson's guide.
As far as the grade level, I actually had that question about what grade we are preparing the lesson for and the NYCTF responded that it can be aimed at any secondary grade. Hence, I am thinking of prepping a lesson that falls in the middle of the spectrum so it's not too basic but not too complicated for the five-minute timeframe. Thank you again for your help and well wishes ! Good luck to you also!
Apr. 10th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
Handouts can be useful as long as they are simple, I used one for my states of matter lesson and it was mostly a fill in the blank type handout, with a few example questions that we worked through together at the end. Also, make sure to check for understanding! This is probably the most overlooked thing that I saw from other people at my selection day
Apr. 11th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
That is very helpful, thank you. The fill in the blank sheet is a great idea. I think I will create a few questions based on the lesson on my handout to gauge the students' comprehension and go over it together... Understanding is key- thank you for that tip I know that will come in handy for sure. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me this advice. I hope it works when I execute it and that I am selected as a Fellow!
Apr. 3rd, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
Congrats, that's awesome! I applied to teach special eduction :::fingers crossed:::
Apr. 3rd, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
I was accepted for ESL today, attended the 3/22 Selection Day. Lots if people get an message like yours before being accepted. Don't make yourself crazy. All will work out for the best.
Apr. 3rd, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
Excuse the typos. I'm literate, I swear!
Apr. 3rd, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
I got a message that I was accepted. My selection day was 3/18. However, I've seen that others later get accepted after this under review message.
Apr. 3rd, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
My selection day was 3/18 and I got the "accepted email" last night. I'll be teaching ESL.
Apr. 3rd, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
My selection day was 3/22, I was being considered for English (though applied for Special Ed), and got accepted today for Special Ed. Congratulations to everyone else and best of luck to those still pending! It's been an agonizing wait so I feel for you.
La Bella Peralta
Apr. 25th, 2014 11:15 am (UTC)
I had my selection day on 3/15 and received the email saying my app is under review.
I am still waiting.!!! :(
May. 6th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
How long did it take for you to get an email saying that your app is under review?
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