Ok, so want to hear something weird about this school year. I’ve been going to school for every day that wasn’t a holiday since the week I got back from my honeymoon (August 15th). That means I’ve been working for a month when half of that was supposed to be vacation. For many of the past two weeks of the school year, I haven’t even gotten home before 7, some days I’ve gotten home at 10, and one day after helping my wife’s school we got home at 12:30. The weirdest thing about that? I’ve only taught two (two!) classes so far this year. I have developed an acumen of sorts for putting spreadsheets together, and using those spreadsheets to upload schedules. Our school has wildly unique schedules for each student, so I have been helping out a lot with that. Since our school is also running a rolling admissions situation, they are going to let in a group on October 1st, and I am going to pick up my teaching load with that group.
Since this year started, it’s been pretty dark and lonely for me and my spreadsheets, and I don’t think I should wait for it to end so that I can get back to my passions. For the next two weeks I decided to pick up one class, to help with some of the school overflow so now I can talk about teaching and learning!
What I’m teaching this week
This week I am teaching problem solving for my “Mathematical Thinking” class. I aim to work on the curriculum that I did last fall. One thing I am surely going to do is work in more estimation. One question I had today was “How many flourescent light bulbs are there in the school?” Last friday I asked “If I turned 33 on Sept 1st, when will I be 1/3 of century old?” I like doing the big problems, but I think I am going to work on having a big discussion as a group about them.
What I’m blogging this week
Something. I’m going to try to emerge from my excel tabs and write something. Baby steps.
What I’m thinking this week
This week I’m wondering what is the thing I’m missing. I always watch basketball players and think “If you just get a 3-point shot” or “If you just get a left-handed layup”, as if a couple hours in the gym would make them an all-star. Assuming that it’s more or less true, what’s the thing that I’m missing? I think it’s having productive, amazing, Magdalene-Lampert-esque classroom discussions, but I don’t know exactly how to get into the “gym” and work on that.
Read books? Moderate other people’s subway conversations? Do Squats?