After my first year of teaching, I developed some ideas to have a more successful second year. They worked, and I began spreading the word, informally, for the next couple of years. Then in 1995, I created a workshop about the importance of classroom management and about what it means to be a ‘real’ teacher. The workshop was so well received by CMs that I felt compelled to travel to the institute (there was only one at the time) for the next few years. Eventually TFA stopped letting me present it. They said it was because they were confident that all the ideas had been incorporated into the improved training model. I had videotaped one presentation and had it up in parts on youtube for a few years now. Recently I learned that my youtube limit was increased, so I thought people might want to watch it in one shot. I’ve actually developed a lot of my ideas further in the 8 years since this workshop was taped. If you go back to some of my first blog posts, you can see where these ideas went.
When I figure out how to put this freely onto iTunes, I’ll do that and update this post.