Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Employment!!

I wanted to publicly announce that I have accepted an offer to be a high school mathematics teacher!!! After several stressful weeks with no interview offers, I received three last week. Last Thursday, I was slotted to interview at two schools who actually work very closely... So closely that the principals that I met with were scheduled to be at the same meeting later that day and even spoke to one another.... So that was a surprise when I showed up to the second one and she said, "So I've heard you've been a busy girl!" Anyways, I received a phone call about 20 minutes after the second from the other school who ended up needing more time after meeting with more of their people later that day as well as an offer 8 hours afterwards from this school. I waited over the weekend and verbally accepted yesterday.

I am ecstatic! I'm not quite sure what I'll be teaching but you can bet that I'll have some new material coming up!! Stay tuned!

UPDATE: This week, I was fortunate enough to meet with the teacher who's place I am taking. My new principal set me up with her to help the transition. Anyways, I found out more details! I'll be teaching Algebra 2 (just like my mom and oh yeah, she taught me that in high school) and Trigonometry. Now, my school is different in that we are on block so each class will be an hour and a half long and I will be done teaching these subjects at the end of the semester. Oh, and I also have what is called an advisory which meets twice a week for 40 minutes. In advisory, we will have a small focus on a service learning project for the year so I'm working on tossing those ideas around. Anyways, I would truly appreciate and love any advice or words of wisdom to help get me through my first week of school, my first year of school, tips on block teaching, anything :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

I know it's been a long time....

It's been just over a month since my last post and for that I apologize. I guess the teaching blogs do run a little dry in the summer .... especially when you don't know what you're teaching .....

Anyways.... I know I said I'd post the link to my kids' video from their final project so here's this one...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y56KYsniG0

But the video that I was the most proud of was a stopmotion video. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if they have a link on youtube or not but I have it saved on my iTunes for years to come :) I took a few screen shots of it ...

At the end of their video, after discussing the soh cah toa business along with law of sines and cosines and how they might use them with actual numbers, the group did a little for your information about their project. 2500 post it notes were used in the making of this video with 27 hours spent between 3 people working on this video. They came in exhausted to present this but I had the biggest smile on my face while watching these videos. If you really let your students have a lot of freedom, they will show you how talented they really are. I can expect to see their names in the rolling credits one day...

I really had an amazing time doing my student teaching (the above picture was emailed to me from a student so with their permission, I added it to the blog). Some of my students even want to visit me in my future classroom! Well, hopefully I can announce where that will be soon.... But I did sign a lease in Columbus so I can guarantee that it won't be too far away!! So students... if you're reading this.... feel free to visit me wherever I might end up!!!

So currently, I've spent my summer editing my Masters' Thesis as well as packing up the apartment and shopping for furniture for the new apartment. Craigslist has been my friend as I currently have no promise of a salary. Also, I get my official teaching license this week!!! I attached some of the pieces of art that I've been working on my for my new apartment. I've really found that painting has helped with the stress of not having a job. In fact, I've been so calm recently that I haven't had a major panic attack about the lack of a job......


 Oh... and I had to throw in a picture of the shoes that I got for my birthday... They're TOMS and normally, I am very uninterested in the shoes but they were Calculus TOMS and I couldn't pass up the idea that they had math written all over them.... I'm thinking of getting a pair for Heidi as she will be teaching Calculus next year at Malvern High School!!!!! amongst her other 4 preps..... But yes, my roommate accepted a job about a month ago back home so today, we will be beginning to move her into her new apartment!
Well, that's really all I have for you today. Sorry it's not more math related but I was really inspired because I got two emails yesterday (I was in Cincinnati for the Kenny Chesney concert) about my blog and it reminded me that there are still people out there. Writing this blog gives me great joy and I've been slacking a little, partially because I have no preps to prep for yet....

But I will leave you with this idea that I heard from one of my peers.... He was teaching Surface Area / Volume and he took his class on a tour around the world. They were given passports with the various sights they would see and on the Smart Board they went to different locations where they had to find these values of building structures. Geography/Math? I love it!!! I personally loved that unit and am sad that soon it'll be out of the high school curriculum so middle school folk.... have fun with it for us!!!

Once again, thank you for reading and hopefully I'll have news on here soon so that I can start throwing out some ideas!!!
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