Well, another summer has come and gone, which means I am about to start my 19th year in teaching. Over those year I think I have progressed into a pretty good teacher. My goal is to never become stagnant or content, and to always look for ways on improving and challenging myself. With this in mind I am looking forward to some new challenges this school year.
For the first time in my career, I will be co-teaching a class. I have little to no expectations about how this will go. My co-teacher, Mrs. Juhr, is a great teacher in her own right, so together I think we will have a lot to offer the students in that class.
In 2 weeks I will have my first LARGE professional development about Desmos, which I am a super excited about. Desmos has reinvigorated me as a teacher, not only have I adapted my teaching to include it, but also being part of the Desmos Fellowship has given me a great community to support me as a teacher. I am excited for this new step in my career, and I am super excited to spread the Desmos word!
Also, I am working on an article for the NJEA Review. I am a math minded person, so writing has never truly been my strength. Expressing my ideas and thought to such a large audience is intimidating, I definitely do not envy the editor for the article, but I am excited to share how I use Desmos as a tool in my classroom.
The 2017-18 school year is only a couple of short weeks away. I am excited for the challenges and the opportunities it will bring me. More importantly, I am excited to meet and work with a new group of students. Hopefully I teach them some math, a little bit about life, and help them understand that life is a journey better shared with others.