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Uncommon Schools

Summer Teaching Fellow

May - June 2021 • Newark, NJ

What I liked

In the internship with Uncommon, I experienced a lot of professional growth. I was constantly being held accountable and always received constructive feedback, Throughout the program, I received real-time feedback from my mentors and peers. With constant feedback and different professional development, I really felt supported and confident to succeed in teaching after this program. This program gave me a different perspective on how to approach teaching by making it more interactive and individually tailored for each student. I loved how I felt like I was apart of a family. Thank you STF for such a great experience.

What I wish was different

I had this experience via zoom due to covid. I would have liked to done it in person.

Advice

I would share that this is a great experience if you would like to gain a different perspective and approaches to teaching also, its good for growth in professional development.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

May - July 2021 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I really liked a lot of the teaching strategies we utilized, and in general I loved getting some teaching practice.

What I wish was different

Advice

Listen to their methods and ideals and really see if you agree with them.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

June - July 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved the environment Uncommon Schools created not just for the students, but also for us new teachers.

What I wish was different

I would’ve loved to be in an actual classroom instead of over Zoom.

Advice

Don’t discount yourself or your experiences when applying. Even if you don’t feel prepared, jump into it and be ready to soak it all in.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

June - July 2020 • Newark, NJ

What I liked

The biggest factor that I found most enjoyable was the true devotion to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion! The supervising team was so intentional about the recognition and validity of all in the program was amazing, which led to great rapport building for the interns of the cohort.

What I wish was different

I do wish that the experience could have been in-person but due to our current situation, that was not possible.

Advice

A piece of advice that I would share is to be completely open minded about the experience and what you will learn. Un Common’s teaching method was very different to anything I had been exposed to, so there is a bit of a learning curve if you come into the program with a set expectation.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

June - July 2020 • Newark, NJ

What I liked

Gave me real life classroom management skills as well as professional experience!

What I wish was different

Being in-person, however, this was out of Uncommon's hands. They did a great job with the virtual experience!

Advice

Apply early! Getting your STF application in early almost guarantees your first choice school/location :)
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Summer Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • Camden, NJ

What I liked

I enjoyed the diversity of the school.

What I wish was different

I wish they didn’t treat their students like robots. Also, some of the teachers talked about the students in front of that student or other students.

Advice

This position requires a lot of feedback and adjustments to their style of teaching.
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summer teaching fellow

June - July 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

This was a very hands-on experience with help and support every step of the way. I had a chance to actually teach in my own classroom for three weeks and gained so much experience.

What I wish was different

I wish there was a way to choose your mentor teacher.

Advice

Be ready to grow and push yourself everyday.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

It exposed me to what the charter school system in New York is like and gave me ample opportunities to work with children. I also appreciated the amount of leadership they gave fellows considering our level of experience. It was also very satisfying to leave the summer with a full-time post-grad job opportunity.

What I wish was different

Uncommon Schools is a very rigid institution that holds children to exceedingly high behavioral standards. Behavioral management was the number one thing I spent my time doing. This was not because of how badly behaved the students were, but about how strict the school are.

Advice

It is worth doing to learn about the reality of being a teacher and see the inner workings of the charter school system. This is a rigorous 7 weeks that should only be undertaken by someone with a deep commitment to education who is willing to conform to the system of a school they might not agree with.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I love being able to work in New York for a summer. It was such an amazing opportunity, especially since this was a junior program, I only was able to have this opportunity once in my career. It opened my eyes to see that there is so much world out there to see and experience, that when I graduate, I want to be able to work outside of Wisconsin.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Know that this fellowship is a huge time commitment. Being in New York, you will want to experience so much while you are there, but you also have to remember why you are there, and that is to get as much out of this program as possible.
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Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • Camden, NJ

What I liked

I enjoyed all of the resources and training I received. I also enjoyed being the actually teacher responsible for an entire 2nd grade class.

What I wish was different

I wish that the internship counted as my student teaching requirement.

Advice

The training is long but beneficial.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • Newark, NJ

What I liked

I loved the Cohort I worked alongside. We all are at the same points in our academic career and could encourage each other daily. The children I got to instruct this summer really made my time worthwhile! I also liked being able to travel to New York easily on the weekends.

What I wish was different

I wish we would have received our travel reimbursements earlier in our internship process. Sometimes the workload required of us was extensive and had short turn around times for implementation.

Advice

I would advise those to be able to be fully independent in a new area . If you do not have relatives , or people in the location you are selected to intern at, getting around can be difficult. Be prepared to spend money on public transportation.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The program focused on extensive training and mentorship with an abundance of support from various resources.

What I wish was different

Advice

Go in with an open mind.
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Summer teaching fellow intern

May - July 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I loved having a mentor that I could learn from. This mentor coached me in every step of teaching in summer school.

What I wish was different

Being able to start observing at your host school sooner so that you would get a chance to see what really goes on in the classroom. When we started observing our assigned classes at our schools. Students were being tested so no actual teaching was happening.

Advice

Starting this internship, you might feel like it is overwhelming like I thought it was, however, it is important that you get yourself completely involved in this experience. Not only will you grow, but you will get to connect with many professionals that have been either teaching or impacting student's lives in some other ways. In other words, go all in!
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Summer Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved the hands-on teaching experience, the bonding between the fellows, and the location of the provided apartments.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I had a fantastic time.

Advice

Immerse yourself in the culture of the schools and the area. Also, be receptive to new ideas and feedback.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved how well structured Uncommon was. I was happy that before we started teaching, we attended workshops and received a mentor. Everything ran smoothly, which made the internship ever more enjoyable. I felt very prepared to teach by the time I began.

What I wish was different

I wish we had more free time.

Advice

Be prepared to work with people of all different walks of life. Also, understand that you are going to be a major influence in the lives of many children that need you, so do not apply if you do not genuinely care about the children. The children make all of the work worth it.
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Summer Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Go in with an open mind and heart! This experience will change your life :)
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Middle School Teacher Intern

May - July 2019 • Newark, NJ

What I liked

The Summer Teaching Fellowship program showed me the intersection between professionalism and political impact on history. Above all the soft skills that I have attained from the experience, I have learned to put my heart into my work and trusting that it will pay off in personal investment and worldly impact.

What I wish was different

I have had a great experience with my cohort, the other interns beside me. Although we have grown tremendously from the program, we would've benefitted early on from a Professional Development session on formality in the work place before we entered deep into the experience.

Advice

Know that teaching is the one profession that stems all the other dreams and goals. When you are teaching your kids, you are sustaining their abilities and dreams.
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Teaching Fellow

May - July 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

What I liked about my fellowship with Uncommon was the amount of support and feedback that we received on a daily basis. This constant feedback allowed me to grow exponentially as a future educator.

What I wish was different

The only thing that I wish had been different would be the length of the fellowship. 7 weeks was enough time to get a feel for the field of education but I think that 9 weeks would've given a richer experience.

Advice

One piece of advice I would share would be that Uncommon Schools are truly that, uncommon. The experience I gained working with them over the summer is priceless. From getting the opportunity to lead my own classroom, to networking and gaining lifetime friends, this was a once in a lifetime experience.
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Student Teaching Fellowship

May - July 2019 • Newark, NJ

What I liked

The experience

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

It’s a lot to list , but change of environment .
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High School History Teacher

May - July 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved that fact that I was able to teach in my own classroom and that I was given so much opportunity for growth. They hosted us in dormitory style housing and I was able to have a mentor teacher as well. We went through many professional development sessions that helped to groom us as teachers. I also was offered a full time offer to teach there after I graduate which I will be doing. This program was truly amazing and the work that Uncommon does is phenomenal.

What I wish was different

I wish that the program was longer!

Advice

Work hard and you will get the best experience!
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