My first day of school is Monday. My 21st first day as a teacher. I set my classroom up (mostly), organized my lessons in my mind, went to some meetings and did some minivan karaoke on the way there. I’ve been rewriting lessons and projects and a syllabus, I could stay up all night all weekend but I am going to just write this post and then go play some guitars. I am teaching three Algebra 1 classes and one Geometry class, students at all different levels, and I mean all different levels. Our district does trimesters and students switch teachers at the trimester (not all but most) which gets in the way of relationship building but I don’t design the schedules. Anyway, because of this I have been planning three big projects each year with some smaller projects along the way as well.
My first day of teaching today. I’m teaching 3 freshman algebra classes and a geometry class. The algebra classes are doing a project this trimester all about public art. I gave each group hundreds of paper clips and asked them to create a sculpture that represents some aspect or place in the city. They struggled all period trying to find techniques for working with paperclips and with an idea that was feasible. I walked around and helped without really being too helpful. I told them to make multimedia sculptures and to bring in other materials tomorrow to finish. That they will need to write descriptions and present. One of the students commented, “This is like kindergarten!” That made my day. Continue reading