#mtbosblog18: Snow Days

I’ve now taught 6/13 scheduled days this month. Our exams were supposed to be next week but they just got cancelled, except about half of the classes with state tests still have to take them. I’m not sure if snow days are worse at the beginning or end of a semester.

All of the snow days made me lose track of the date so I’m starting the 2018 blogging challenge off a day late. Here’s a quick recap of the fall:

  • I taught all entirely new-to-me classes, including two sections of the same brand new course.
    • ProbStats was great. My kids were really talkative and sometimes argumentative. I didn’t create the best climate and wasn’t the greatest at managing the classroom. But they learned enough and we made it through with me telling them the wrong thing only a handful of times.
    • Man vs. Earth is also great. It’s stressful and there have been lots of mistakes, but it’s great. The students have learned about data collection and analysis and did a propaganda survey on environmental issues. They learned about probability and discrete probability distributions and will be using discrete/binomial distributions to compare population pyramids of countries in The Americas.
  • I have my first student teacher. Her name is Nicole and I’m going to try convincing her to either start her own blog or at least do a few guest posts on here. She starts full time in a month.
  • I’ve been volunteered as the Pathways curriculum lead, which is fine. I like logistics. Organizing and planning is soothing.
  • Personally, I bought a house and have been spending time painting and decorating. I’ve also been looking at cars and planning summer vacations.

So it’s been a very busy last few months. 2017 was a busy year in general! It was good though.

I need some help finishing up the year though:

  • I really want to incorporate more geography topics into my lessons this semester. We’re going to be doing continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. I’ve already started pulling ideas and worksheets from The Stats Medic and am thinking about how I can adapt them but if anyone has ideas I’d love them.
  • My other courses will be blended Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. These are on alternating days and have been taught by other teachers since the beginning of the year. It will be my first time taking over a class in the middle of the year so if anyone has advice on that too I’d appreciate it. I think it will be good for everyone though. Due to changeover in our admin team this summer two of our new math teachers ended up with 4 preps each and this will get them down to 2 and 3. Bless them.

I don’t know how to end this so I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who’s helped me in #mtbos so far and I look forward to reading all of the #mtbosblog18 posts!

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