This started as a blog about my experience with a flipped classroom. It has followed me from 7/8 grade to 5/6 to 3rd and now back to 8th Algebra 1 and 7th PreAlgebra. I still dabble in flipped classroom, but experiment with many teaching strategies which I would like to share.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
So here I sit about 2 weeks away from starting my almost second year of teaching! I say “almost” 2nd year because I started at my school in November. I learned so much last year and when I think about it, my head just swims.
I’ve always wanted to be a reflective teacher and unfortunately in the madness of my first year, I didn’t do much reflecting. Hopefully that is what this blog will be about.
I had these big lofty dreams of getting about 1-2 months of lesson plans done during my summer break. LOL, didn’t come close. I have all of these issues and I know that I get so burdened in the details it paralyses me. Some of my issues are:
My curriculum SUCKS! It was written by the teacher I replaced, who finished it up after she knew she was leaving and after being paid in advance.
I want to do a lot of pre-assessing this year to make my lessons geared more to my students.
I want the first week to focus on teaching procedures so I’d like to start planning that but I am attending a Harry Wong seminar next Wednesday so… I feel like I should really wait until after that to start those plans!
I have no idea how to start the year!
Another thing I would like to work on is finding a central place to store ideas. I’ve dabbled with Livebinders and Bagit, but I’m not sure if they are what I’m looking for. I think Livebinders might be the way to go. I will have to play with it a little more to get a better idea of how I can use it.
One more thing on my mind during this “planning” stage is my online identity. I really want to get more involved with PLN’s online and sharing this blog and twitter, etc. but I don’t know if I should use my name and info. I am involved with things such as religion and sports that I don’t want mixed with my education stuff. So I’m not sure what to do about that! Update to this: I started this same blog on WordPress, since I have a few personal ones here on Blogger. I ended up making a new gmail and twitter account and then I realized that I can use the new gmail account with Blogger. WordPress looks all fun and fancy, but I might be more comfortable with blogger.