The Residency: What You’ll Do

From before the first day of school to after the last bell rings for summer, you’ll spend five days a week working full time at a partner middle or high school.

As a resident intern, you’ll be an active member of your school, starting as an observer and teacher assistant. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Co-planning lessons
  • Analyzing student assessment data
  • Working with groups of students
  • Participating in staff meetings, professional development, and the ongoing life of the school community

You’ll gradually progress to co-teaching and then to managing your own classroom.

Preparation: Summer

Starting in summer, you’ll meet your teaching mentor, an experienced and skilled master classroom teacher who you’ll be paired with over the course of the school year.

You’ll help your teaching mentor prepare for the start of school, create a class organization, and open the schoolroom, while learning important instructional management techniques — all the details necessary for a smoothly running classroom. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions as you and your teaching mentor start regular one-on-one meetings.

Foundation: Early Fall

Through the back-to-school push, you will observe your teaching mentor’s key activities — managing the logistics of the start of school, establishing class community, completing student diagnostics, and reviewing individual student data. In your regular one-on-one meetings with your teaching mentor, you’ll discuss classroom practice, based on your reflections of what occurs in class each day.

As the semester progresses, you’ll move into a teacher assistant role, where you will:

  • Learn classroom routines and procedures
  • Work with small groups, assisting struggling students
  • Learn how to plan instruction and how planning decisions are made
  • Observe other teachers in action
  • Learn about the school, and become an active participant in the learning community
Active Practice: Late Fall through Spring

Now that you understand foundational skills, you’ll write lesson plans, implement classroom management strategies, and grade and assess student progress, under the guidance of your teaching mentor. In your regular one-on-one meetings, you’ll get feedback on your performance and answers to your questions, and you’ll suggest teaching and learning ideas, and devise ways to test them in the classroom.

You’ll also meet regularly with your NYU Steinhardt content mentor, a subject-matter expert who will connect what you’re learning online to what you’re doing in the classroom, and other teaching interns in your content area.

As you gain experience, you and your teaching mentor will start to share equally in classroom teaching responsibilities, planning and presenting lessons together.

Lead Teacher: Spring through Summer

You assume full responsibility for the classroom, with your teaching mentor supporting you. You will deliver lessons, manage the classroom, grade and assess student work, and represent the classroom with the school. In your regular one-on-one meetings with your teaching mentor, you’ll have a place to ask questions about your practice.

How We Support You

Subject-matter experts and mentors guide you throughout the residency.

Teaching mentor

  • An experienced classroom teacher in your subject area
  • Responsible for direct guidance at your school and one-on-one coaching

Content mentor

  • Steinhardt clinical or tenure-track professor
  • Works closely with content-specific groups of interns, providing support through small-group instruction, workshops, and one-on-one assistance in bringing content to life in the classroom