In the spirit of those that have come before me, I have decided to pick up this blogging one more time. In many ways I feel that I am at a crucial juncture in my teaching craft: I can settle for mediocrity or strive to do things differently. I want this place to serve as a place to look back upon my development from who I am to who I will be.
This summer is offering me the first real chance to think deeply about what (and how!) I am teaching. I get to teach a lot of the same classes again next year (and classes I like to teach, at that), so I am loving going back over my material to take it to the next level. My recent work on my Algebra class has been in two areas – Standards Based Grading and incorporating some more math history. New idea of the day is The Story of Mathematics assignments. Every unit the students will write a story about a mathematician who contributed to our topics of study. For the first time since starting at my school I feel I have a plan of attack for approaching math classically. Needless to say, I pumped.
Plus, WCYDWT idea number one: Ever sit at a stoplight, watching for when your turn signal lined up with the one in front of you? Least common multiple baby. A humble start, but I’m ready to go buy a Flip and get going.