Literally. Best. Week. Ever.
Last Tuesday was the first day of my thirteenth year of teaching. I know what you’re thinking – I look so young. But seriously, thirteen years. This has been the best first week of school I’ve experienced so far. I took so many pictures to illustrate the wonderment of this week. But of course, they’re on the iPad in my desk drawer. So, I’ll have to save those for a later post. The one picture that I do have is perhaps the most important one…
Every first day of school since I started teaching, she’s sent me flowers. I love her so much!
First Day Activity
Along with others in my department, we tried the blanket challenge with our classes. It was great to see students working together on the first day, without instruction. Just seeing them work out their ideas. Most worked really well. There were one or two that got frustrated by their lack of teamwork skills. Definietly going to focus on teamwork within my classes this year.
After the blanket challenge, it was the Mrs. Hazelton show. I put together a slideshow on things that make me happy. Then each student decorated a notecard with one thing that makes them happy. Each of these notecards got posted on my new HAPPY WALL. (Pictures to come.)
Ok moving on.
I teach Algebra 2 Concepts & Skills and Honors Probability & Statistics. I’ve taught Algebra 2 Concepts & Skills for the past 6 years. It’s a class I have dreaded in the past. This year though, I feel very optimistic. The class size going from 35 to 24-ish probably has something to do with this 🙂 I know that the motivation may still be an issue, but I know I can get to know these kids SO MUCH BETTER now. I will DEFINITELY have more to post about this bunch!
My Honors Probability & Statistics classes are off to a great start! I started with an informal survey project to see how they would collect and present data. We were on the verge of Sampling Methods. Nothing formal was introduced at all last week. We JellyBlubbered one day and did a card sort the next day. Such great discussion within these groups. In the Jelly Blubber Activity, the student groups (ALL of them) decided to select their samples based on size – choosing 1-2 to represent each size group. I thought that was really interesting! The card sort was amazing. The students sorted the cards by the sampling method. Tomorrow we will introduce the formal vocabulary and see what we can do with these activities.
I love my job. I hope I can keep up this energy and enthusiasm all year. Wish me luck 🙂