This week has been rough and I haven’t even done any teaching of high schoolers yet. I have been feeling more anxious than usual about the start of the school year for the past couple weeks and this week of in-service days made it a little worse. The sudden busyness of getting ready for the year and all of the tasks I need to do before I have learners in my class has me all turned around. I had a small breakdown in a department meeting on Tuesday, but I am doing better now. I have a really great department with supportive people and my administrators have been great as well. The anxiety has gone down to normal beginning-of-the-year jitters coupled with the frantic working of getting my classes ready.
Yesterday I gave a quick one hour session sharing Reader’s Theater from Elizabeth Statmore, Clothesline Math from Chris Shore, and One Hundred Factorial from David Butler. This went well and I was excited to share the stuff I learned at #tmc17 with other teachers from my district.
This year I am teaching Foundations Of Algebra again, but we have a completely new pacing guide, textbook, and supplemental curriculum from the state that we have to use so that is feeling like a new class. Or at least half a new class.
I am also teaching Geometry for the first time I currently feel like I am drowning in figuring that out.
There’s more I could blog to process my thoughts, but I still have a lot to do so I don’t want to spend too much time writing. I saw my two freshman classes of Foundations of Algebra today for Fresh Start. I only had 20 minutes with each of them and we just played Blobs and Lines for 15 or so. Then I spent the last 5 making sure they all knew where they were going next and not to bring their cell phones on Tuesday when we have the first day of class.
They are definitely chatty freshman and I’m going to be spending time getting them into shape.