This website is designed to expedite the teacher training process and to allow teachers to learn about the programs on their own time. At the end of this training, we have included a short "exit ticket" simply to verify that we are on the same page in terms of program implementation. Please read through the site carefully and submit the exit ticket at the end of the process. By completing this training, it will also allow us to expedite the time when we meet up in person.
Back in our first year of implementing after-school programs, we had largely positive feedback from parents and school directors. But when there was negative feedback, it almost always involved classroom behavior management. It can be difficult to go into a school and get kids to listen and follow rules. For that reason, we have implemented a really effective program called Class Dojo. This a point & prize system used in schools all around the world. Kids generally find it fun and teachers find that it makes it easier to manage a class of kids they don't know.
To begin, surf to classdojo.com and log into our account.
If we have received the roster for your class, we have probably entered the kids' names into your class. If so, you will see your name and the town/program such as "Matt Dover Business Sharks." Feel free to go into the class section or if you don't see your class yet, you can go into one of the other classes to see what a class looks like.
Then watch this 3 minute video about how we use Class Dojo.
Next, we want to talk a bit about how our curriculum works.
Begin by viewing the curriculum for the program you will teach on Google Drive. By now, Matt should have shared it with you there. The folder on Google Drive will look similar to the photo below. You want to start with the lesson plan document (see the arrow). Note that Your program's lesson plan may be a different color.The lesson plan document will guide you through the rest of the program.
Next, watch the video training video below for the program that you will be teaching. When you finish, we will ask you to take a short exit ticket just to make sure we are on the same page in terms of what was discussed in the video. Below you will find videos for five of our programs. Note: If you do not see the program you are teaching here, it means that we will be doing the training in person.
Finally, what follows is some important information regarding program logistics. This is general info that applies to all or most of our programs. You will also receive a summary email related to your specific program with info such as the WIFI log-in at the location at which you will teach, the address of the school or center and the dismissal procedure.
Questions to Answer
Once we do find a class or classes in your area to teach, three steps will follow...
1. We will send an introduction to the school or recreation center that we partner with, introducing you electronically to the director. They may require a CORI form or other background check.
2. We will send you the curriculum for the class electronically through Google Drive. We will also send you to a website that will walk you through some key information about the upcoming program.
3. We will find a time to meet up with you to do a quick program training and to get you all of the materials you will need. These will usually be provided in a teacher's rolling cart. Because we have programs running all over Massachusetts we will meet up with you in the town in which you live, usually at a Panera, Starbucks or similar spot that is convenient.
We will reach out to you soon, but in the meantime you might check out some of the programs that we offer by clicking the home button or surfing back to rightbraincurriculum.com