In 2002, a TFA alum made an 11 minute documentary about what a typical day for a New York 2002 corps member was during the summer training. It aired on PBS along with a bunch of other shorts.
Since I have a small cameo in this — the corps member attended the workshop on classroom management I used to present at the institute — I videotaped it back then and recently found the tape and have digitized it and put it up on YouTube so now I don’t have to worry anymore about losing this VHS tape that I’ve been keeping track of for ten years.
As you will see, the corps members are pretty busy over the summer. My critique of the institute has never been that they don’t keep the corps members very busy. Just a lack of prioritization.
I don’t really like the way I come off in the video. At one point in the workshop I was talking about how misguided my original philosophy was of what students want from their teachers. In the video, though, it is pretty much the only part they show so I’m quoted as saying something that is actually the opposite of what I think. Note, though, that the corps member says that my workshop was the first time that anyone said how hard it could be — and this was one of the last days of the institute. She also said that I didn’t give a lot of advice, which is a fair criticism.