A new blogger called bottlecap on this site called ‘Insert Witty Title Here’ has written an interesting post about the experience so far at induction. It seems that TFA is going heavy with the ‘ice breakers’ and getting people in touch with their feelings. Already, new CMs are starting to get a little nervous about whether TFA really knows how to make the best use of the short induction and training.
I’ll be interested in reading this blog throughout the summer to learn how much of training is based on these kinds of exercises. Perhaps it is just an induction thing, but I doubt it.
As ‘data driven’ as TFA is supposed to be, have they ever done any experiments to see if this is truly the most effective way to produce competent teachers. With 9 institutes, they could easily create a control group, let’s say Houston, where they try to get practical on the first day and don’t waste time with trying to get in touch with your inner-child (who might just be a racist).
I hope my endorsement of this blog doesn’t get this bright and brave blogger in any trouble. I think she is not complaining, but just ‘reflecting’ the way TFA wants people to. She also is clear that there are people who are getting really into this amateur psychology team-building thing.