I was recently told about the MTBoS 2016 Blogging Initiative, and it’s a great opportunity to get myself in the blogging habit!
A little about myself: I’m a first-year teacher in rural Iowa teaching high school math. Currently, I’m teaching Algebra I, Geometry, and a new class called Informal Geometry aimed at juniors and seniors. I’m big into technology and proponent of getting computer science taught in schools. I started a new Code Club this year for students interested in learning computer programming and game design. I’m also the faculty advisor for Builders Club at the middle school.
I also have this persistent problem of over-committing myself.
My biggest challenges that I need to overcome in 2016 are:
1. Underdeveloped organizational skills. My room is in a constant state of disaster and I only see the surface of my desk after semester grades are due.
2. Procrastination. I need get organized so I can grade things right away instead of constantly playing catch-up. I also need to be better about planning my units out as a whole instead of one lesson at a time. The day of the lesson. Five minutes before class starts. Doing improv through 1st hour. Teaching a completely different lesson by 4th.
3. Confidence. I’ve been told this comes with time, but I need to work on it myself as well. I know that I know the material, but I lack confidence when it comes to “judiciary” decisions, such as dealing out detention. I don’t like doling out discipline and I wish I never had to, but misbehavior happens and I have to have clear expectations and consequences.
Those are my Big 3, I have plenty of other areas to work on but these are the 3 I want to see the most progress in over 2016.
Excited about this year!
Side thought: I’ve always thought advisor was spelled a-d-v-i-s-o-r, but my spellcheck wants me to spell it a-d-v-i-s-e-r. Apparently both spellings are correct, but adviser just looks wrong to me.