Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Glows and Grows

Here we are in the middle of October, and it sure feels like it.  I wanted to take some time to reflect on my own glows and grows of this school year so far...

Glows
  • For the most part I have been keeping up with #teach180 on Twitter, where teacher's post daily pictures about what's going on in their classrooms 
  • I started incorporating WWDB puzzles into both grades, as warm ups.  I don't do them every day, but I have done a few with each class, and they are fun ways to get students talking.  I also done a couple of Visual Patterns as warm ups and hope to also include some Estimation 180 eventually too.
  • I've also kept up with the POM and done a 3 Act Task w/ 8th grade and hope to do one with my 7th graders soon.  A template for 3 Act Tasks hat I got from a PL this summer seemed to really help students stay organized.
  • Every Friday, students have either answer a Regents or state test question Warm Up or had a quiz w/ several Regents/ state test questions, as a way to include test prep without it really being test prep.
  • My 8th graders are currently doing their Lunar Rover Proposal & my 7th graders started their Stock Market Game Challenge this week, so both grades are on final unit projects, are they have been coming out pretty good so far.  My 8th graders also completed their Wheel of Theodorus projects and they were really creative.  I am also planning out a potential trip with my 7th grade class to the MoAF, and am waiting for approval from the principal.  I've never been before, but it looks like it would be a good experience.
  • This year I have taken on the role of the NJHS advisor.  Our chapter has been approved, and our faculty team met for the first time this week.  I really think that this will be a positive addition to our school culture.  Right now, it looks like our induction ceremony will be in the late winter/ early spring.
  • MfA has been good so far.  I am participating in a math & social justice PLC and hope to bring at least one project into all three of my classes this year.
  • My Memory Makers (Yearbook & Scrapbook) elective is adorable.  The members are really into it and I love that it gives me an excuse to go to Michaels every week. Our October project are squash books!
  • Since getting our new online grading system, Skedula, up and running only last week, I am still behind in grading (but getting better!) but I did send out my first weekly parent math newsletter email this week, with updates about what's going on in math class, and I am proud of myself and hope I can keep it up.

Grows
I know these are probably more important to reflect on, but I am running late to my weekly meditation group, so I am going to just post these on here for now and hold myself accountable to writing about them more in depth soon...
  • Still behind in grading (but getting better especially this week!)
  • Timing of lessons still needs to be tweeked... 40 minutes is not enough time
  • I want to do a better job of using data to make decisions
  • Being that the math team is just me and another teacher, and that we have co-planning time three periods a week, I want to formally set up our math PLC 

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