Friday, September 16, 2016


For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to have only 2 preps (Geometry Honors and Pre-Calculus). This year, I have a new prep (Algebra 2 Honors) on top of the other two. Now, it's not the first time I've had 3 preps. But it's the first time I've had three preps while married, and while trying to make sure i have a great work-life balance. When I first moved to Denver and was single, it felt easier to spend all my waking hours preparing things for my three classes. Now, I feel like I'm taking away valuable time from my family (and I don't even have children...I don't know how you folks do it!)

This is the second year that I'm teaching a PrBL Geometry class, and I still do each problem before students do them. I could probably "get away" with not doing that, but they go a lot faster this year and I think I'm reminded of past approaches as I walk through a problem. I don't want to give that up. In Algebra 2 Honors, it's a new prep. I can't get away from creating things! I have a lot of material to work with, since a teacher who taught the class for many years shared all her stuff with me (and she is totally the type of teacher to take and make things better year after I didn't simply inherit materials that have been static for years! Woohoo!) I still have to work a lot to make those materials "my own." Thankfully, another teacher is teaching it too - so we can split up some of the work.

Then, there's Pre-Calc. The class I've been teaching every year since I started. And I feel like this one (in terms of prep) is always last on my list because I have so many of my old resources to use. And I feel like it's getting an unfair backseat. I recognized this week how much different this class FEELS than my others. Is it a culture thing? Do I treat them differently because they're older? The class is SO quiet. It's sometimes hard to get them to interact. I have to figure out a way to change this....

I have a test planned for Monday (I already don't like giving tests Monday) and I'm thinking of postponing it. We could spend a day finishing our "Me by the Numbers" presentations, doing a class-building activity (thinking about one I recently read about having students argue their favorite numbers using research), and a Desmos activity to practice fitting quadratics (since that's part of what we're studying this unit). Okay. Writing that paragraph made me realize that I really need to do that. AND IT SHALL BE DONE.

And moving forward, I need to put a little more effort into this class. No more backseat for Pre-Calc. Three can sit in the front seat....right?

Happy Friday ya'll!

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