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PITW #127: Embrace Change!

July 10, 2013

By: Kate Sheeder, Second Year Corps Member proudly serving at Merrydale Elementary School.

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If you’re a regular City Year Baton Rouge blog reader, you’re familiar with PITWs. If not, no worries! Let me refresh your memory. City Year uses PITWs (Putting Idealism To Work) to inspire, encourage, motivate and develop corps members throughout the year. There are a total of 182 different PITWs found in our City Year handbooks. No, we don’t have them all memorized. Yes, I do have my favorite ones highlighted so yes that makes me a nerd.

Anyway, speaking of favorite PITWs, I wanted to share PITW #127: Embrace Change!

“City Year is always changing, like sand beneath our feet. That’s good. Learn to love change. Change is what keeps the organization moving forward. The ancient Greek idea of throsos is at work at City Year: a boat is at sea, and to survive the journey without docking the boat, the crew must fix and replace every board, one at a time, while at sea; by the time the boat returns to the harbor, it is a completely different boat; but of course, it is the same boat. Every year there is new change to be embraced–growth of the corps, new locations and new ideas!”

My favorite part of PITW is “Change is what keeps the organization moving forward.” This year, City Year Baton Rouge was chosen to pilot the Second Year Corps Member program. At most City Year sites, after your first year as a corps member, you can apply to stay with City Year through their Team Leader position. Team Leaders are responsible for guiding their team of corp members throughout their year of service, instilling them with City Year culture and inspiring corps members to be their very best. This year at City Year Baton Rouge, we’ll have both Team Leaders and Second Year corps members. While Team Leaders will be focused on their teams, Second Year corps members will be focused on their students. Second Year corps members will sharpen their tutoring skills and continue to teach and mentor their students from last year.

As an incoming Second Year corps member, I am excited to be a part of this monumental change for City Year Baton Rouge. I was so happy that the majority of my fourth graders last year made signifigant gains in both English and math. My students’ behavior also changed for the better. There was not a single fight in my classroom and none of my students were suspended or expelled. Those improvements happened in just 10 months. Imagine what can happen when working with the same students for an additional 10 months. It’s cheesy, but the possibilities are truly endless.

This year, there will be lots of changes at our site due to this new position, new staff and sixty new corps members. I cannot wait to put my red jacket back on and continue to serve the Baton Rouge community. I have learned to love change and I know the changes this year will only make our site stronger.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Danny Mills permalink
    July 10, 2013 5:37 pm

    ” There was not a single fight in my classroom and none of my students were suspended or expelled. Those improvements happened in just 10 months. Imagine what can happen when working with the same students for an additional 10 months. It’s cheesy, but the possibilities are truly endless.”

    This is awesome to hear! I’m so glad our Merrydale kiddos are showing improvement. Keep on doing great things!

  2. Carol Taylor permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:39 pm

    You have a lot to be proud of. When there isn’t a single fight, and no student in your classroom was suspended or expelled sounds as if you have happy kids. Happy kids do better academically as is evident in the test scores! Keep up the good work!

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