My husband is in his first year of teaching in Texas public schools. Robert is blessed with parents who in his early years were strong in their convictions and with fortitude were able to send him through a Catholic education (k-12). Therefore, public school has been a new journey for him in the last few years as he volunteered at many events such as open house, Relay for Life, field trips for various organizations at my high school and substituted for many teachers, including a long-term substitute position. He now teaches Texas history and loves it! He is amazing, and he is an inspiration to me to be a better teacher.
Robert is also the sponsor for the UIL chess team, and they have their first tournament tomorrow. I wish them luck and know they will be brilliant!
One of my friends, who I am blessed to work with daily, stayed after school yesterday to reteach me on SMART recorder. The spring semester is so busy for high schools. There are numerous students out daily for extra-curricular activities, field trips, testing and such. One of the ways I want to reach those busy students is to create instructional videos. SMART software is a great product for creating these. One of my goals is to make these short (5 minutes or less) videos for my students. I will meet this deadline and start having these videos ready for students next week. Another goal is to become confident in using the SMART recorder while creating videos for my students in order to move into making instructional videos for my fellow teachers who follow my work. Check out more of what my friend does at her blog.
Today I had to take a sick day. I do not like to be out of the classroom, but when it is necessary, I like to leave well-planned, thorough notes for a substitute. Who’s with me? Do substitutes want thorough notes?
I have high expectations for my students when I am in the classroom and even higher ones when I am not there. As many teachers would agree, it is more work to plan to be absent (as well as getting caught up after the absence) than it is to go to work. Even with email, texting, mobile phones and the best plans; I still depend on human contact when I am not at school. There are just those few things I want to make sure are taken care of if I am not there to do them. I have some amazing coworkers who do not mind taking on those small chores when I am absent. It is comforting to know that my colleagues stand beside me and work with me as a team to complete these tasks.
In Advisory class we are covering some math vocabulary to supplement our students’ knowledge in that core subject. This week the terms consisted of many geometrical shapes of pyramids and prisms. Each day we discussed these terms, solved word problems, distinguished the difference between prisms and pyramids, justified why their nets are important in problem solving, connected surface area to real-world significant careers such as construction and architecture and created 3D prisms and pyramids out of construction paper using scissors, glue sticks and yarn to suspend them from the ceiling tiles. I learned so much math from my students this week!
This is my first year to be a class sponsor in which we raise money for their prom for their junior year. With two parent meetings and some people who are taking charge of important tasks, we are off to a good start.
Two weeks ago I moved classrooms. For any teacher that is unheard of as a task for the middle of the year. I volunteered to help out with monitoring in a part of our building that needs more presence. That task required me to move to be a constant presence. The move was easy. I had some really efficient helpers. With their help we were moved from one classroom to the other within a 24-48 hour window. Everyone was impressed, including me!
I am meeting a friend of mine tomorrow to finalize my logo. For all you techno-savvy teachers out there, I salute you! I am not ashamed to admit that I am still learning how to use and create with different applications, software, and tools. I even tried to create a logo for myself, which took me an entire day using two different programs. When I shared what I thought was a finished product to my programmer friend, he just shook his head at me in a disbelieving manner and offered to create on for me. I have awesome friends!
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