Laura, who will teach at MATCH this fall, said:
Love this woman. Can we get the six hour version of this workshop? I want her to center my life.
Lizzie will teach at Cambridge Community Charter this fall. She said:
Might be the best 2 hours I've ever spent doing anything. And I've been to Disneyland, Hawaii and the moon. OK, not the moon, but I'm sure this was better than the moon.
What was this 2 hour workshop? And how could it be better than the season finale of The Bachelor?
Samantha, who will teach at Democracy Prep, said:
She really broke down step-by-step how to organize one's self. What I liked best was that the vibe wasn't, "you're a disorganized screw up, now change." Instead, she explained why her ideas would fix common problems. Everything was so *doable.* I feel indebted.
Andrew, bound for an Achievement First school, said:
This was fantastic. I needed this more than anyone. At times during the workshop I felt my chest tightening and anxiety climbing. Despite the simplicity of the system, Maia's delivery reminded me of the monumental task of staying organized in a classroom on a day to day basis.
Who is Maia Heyck-Merlin? She's one of the leaders of Achievement First (and formerly of Teach For America). She does these seminars as a little side business.
In various surveys over the years, rookie teachers have described 2 big problems (which Ed Schools often refuse to tackle): student misbehavior/low effort and teacher disorganization/time management.
To date, our program has focused on the first issue. The Maia's of the world are helping us tackle the second.