Its the first day that you meet up with your students and they want to know what T3 Alliance is all about! Specifically, what will this year, or summer, or semester look like for them? To put this lesson together, you will need to plan a program based on what your individual situation looks like in your community and school. In this post, I will share some things that will help you assess your situation and come up with a plan that you can share with students.
The first day of a T3 Alliance class is exciting. The students sitting before you may have applied, or they may have been selected to be there, but the hopeful look of expectation will be the same. In teacher speak, this day is sometimes called the “honeymoon” period where students are well behaved and listen to what you have to share. You make a first impression today that helps send the message that you are both excited and that you mean business!
This first lesson will likely take from 30 – 45 minutes and will meet these objectives.
Objectives for the student on this first day:
1. Be able to describe the goals of the T3 Alliance program.
2. Learn about some projects that have been done by other T3 Alliance programs and what might be done by your program.
3. Understand what the expectations will be for a member of this class or club.
If these are the objectives for the students, then you as an instructor need to feel comfortable in answering these questions. Let’s start by unpacking each of these objectives.
- Goals of the T3 Alliance Program.
This is a presentation that can help you understand program goals.
- Projects that have been done by other T3 Alliance programs, and what might be done by your program.
This is a presentation that describes some projects that were done by T3 Alliance programs and some questions that you may want to consider as you outline possible community projects.
- Understand what the expectations will be for a member of this class or club.
For you to share expectations, you will need to consider the reality or context of your program within the UB program at your University and understand the expectations for the program on a national or programmatic level.
Here are some questions to consider with your director: What will the teaching space or classroom space be like? What existing resources does your UB program have? What sort of student-teacher ratio can you expect? What are some “shovel ready” community engagement projects?
Things that are not negotiable for being in the program are: Having a growth mindset culture. Being accountable to each other, the community members they work with, to you (the instructor) and the T3 Alliance program.
There will be times when you meet, expectations for students in the program, and a vision that you will share with them for how this program will open opportunities. A general T3 Alliance presentation will be available that you can share.
Here are some resources that you will have at your disposal:
- Google slide presentations about T3 Alliance goals and example projects. With a student focus! You are welcome to copy and edit as necessary.
- Evaluation tools and expectations.
- List of questions to go over with the director.
Edit this: Edit these to meet the needs of your program:
Prepare your presentation and practice what you are going to share. As you think about teaching this, imagine having some time for students to brainstorm and talk about what they are excited to work with. If possible, try to have your first T3 Alliance meeting in a room that has access to computers. The initial survey takes about 20 minutes.
As you finish the first day of presentation, consider sharing what you are going to presenting on the first day in the forum.