First Post – Why Am I Doing This? What is it for?

Why am I doing this?  Starting this blog?  It is something that I have wanted to do, and have meant to do since I started teaching.  As I was going through my teacher prep program I would read through as many other math teacher blogs that I could.  I would look for any little nuggets that would help me to become successful at teaching, help me to become a good teacher.  I also know that the only way I will become a better teacher is through reflection and searching out new ideas – and then not being afraid to try them.  It is a never ending process – there is always room to improve and become better at what you are doing.

Teaching is a second career for me – though it is something that I always wanted to do.  I now have one full year of teaching under my belt.  I started in the middle of school year 12-13; however, I felt like I was playing catch up from day one coming in in the middle of the year.  Starting a year fresh with my own classroom and students from day one made a big impact.  This past school year I learned a ton, of what to do again, and what not to do again.  I am looking forward to next school year and improving on last year.

Last year I taught 7th grade Pre-Algebra, with one section of 6th grade math, and next year I will teach 8th grade Algebra.  The school that I am at decided to try looping with our students, so I will have some of the same students next year as last.  I will also have some new students as last year I did not have all of the 7th graders (there was one other 7th grade math teacher).  For 8th grade I will have all the regular sections and another teacher will have the 1 or 2 section of advanced/accelerated kids.  While I would have loved to teach 7th grade again and spend time improving on what I did – I am looking forward to working with my kids again for another year.

What is this blog for?  What will I use it for?  I am going to use it as a place to self reflect and recap things I have done in the classroom – or will try in the classroom.  I would like to talk about the things that go well and things that are not going so well.  I know that I did not do as good of a job during the school year last year as I could of self reflecting.  By having a place that I put things out in the open I am providing a way to hold myself accountable for improving and talking about both the good and the bad.

I am going to try (notice I had to use the word try here) to commit to blogging at least once a week.  I have quite a few things on my plate this summer (another post to come!), but then again who doesn’t, so if I get to it more than once a week that is a bonus.

Anyways let’s see how this goes.

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