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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jul 04 2011

oh, the acronyms

As promised, here are some of the many TFA acronyms that have become a part of our insane lexicon here at Institute:

TFA: Teach For America

CM: Corps Member (me!)

CMA: Corps Member Advisor

PD: Program Director

TAL: Teaching as Leadership (TFA’s book)

TALON: Teaching as Leadership Online Network

ODC: Observation Debrief Cycle (once a week)

DCA: Diversity, Community, Achievement (a category of sessions here)

LP: lesson plan

INM: Introduction to New Material (the “I do” part of the lesson plan)

GP: Guided Practice

IP: Independent Practice

CFUs: Checks for Understanding

CS: Curriculum Specialist

LS: Literacy Specialist

FA: Faculty Advisor

OD: Operations Director

AIH: Academic Intervention Hour

LPC: Lesson-Planning Clinic

ISAT: Institute Student Achievement Toolkit

OSAT: Online Student Achievement Tracker (I think)

SWBAT: Students Will Be Able To (objective)

CMWBAT: Corps Members Will Be Able To

WIDWATW: (prounounced wid-wat-W): “What is due when and to whom” – yes, we went there.  It’s basically an Institute-long To Do list for us.

I’ll post more as I remember them, but this is just a little preview.  And the sad thing is that I’ve had so much kool-aid so far this summer that this all seems normal to me.

2 Responses

  1. Erin

    Ahhh, SWBAT. i also like it’s fraternal twin, TSWBAT (the + SWBAT). =) Thanks for the definitions! I appreciate them, and I also know that the teaching world has tons of acronyms. They also change from state to state, district to district, school to school. As if they think we know all the world’s acronyms! =)

  2. Erin

    its*
    woops!

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