What Collegial Support is Needed to Become a CGI Teacher?
Teacher: I went through my teaching program, and it was a veryómy math methods classes were very oriented towards children understanding mathÖ But then you go into the classroom, and it is very different, and you see a textbook that is the opposite of what youíve been trained at a fine institution about what math should be. And you see everyone doing it differently, and you donít have enough ground. You donít have enough history or background or comradery to hold on to what you first learned. And you slowly see yourself becoming a different type of teacher than you had intended to be. And I can see the same thing happening for teachers who get small amounts of CGI with no follow-up or support or for teachers who may have a lot of training but then are in a school setting or a district setting where CGI isnít valued as much. So, you know, one of the things that was so fantastic about when we begin training was that the requirement was we have a colleague at our school to work with, and it didnít need to be the same grade level, but a colleague. For Rachel and me that was each other, and, you know, even one person, I think, can be enough. Even if you were alone at a school, I think if you had a connection with someone at a university or someone in a different district or a different school, but I think it would be impossible to do alone, in complete isolation.