Sometimes days get really packed with additions to the regular schedule. As UFT chapter leader I am privy to meetings and other events that need to happen over the course of the day. As you can see, on Wednesday, 4/26 I have a pretty packed schedule and even had to go to a meeting outside the building, only to return 5 minutes after it was over for another meeting back at school. It's a regular occurrence and I don't lament it - but it can be a heavy lift at times.
I post office hours at the beginning of every month so students know exactly when and where I will be if they want assistance outside of class. It always happens at the end of a unit that many students come asking for help, begging for extra time, and the like. This time around there were a few people who came earlier on and I got a chance to work with them in a smaller group. I love these kinds of interactions because I get to really talk with kids about the math and see what they know and how I can help them learn better. I hope to continue doing this for the near future!
It was recently my birthday so on the Friday I returned from Spring Break I had a few folks over for a Shabbat dinner and birthday cake. My wife gets a delicious cake for me yearly from a place called the Chocolate Room. It is such a large cake and I have difficulty finding people who are going to eat all of it. That being said, I also like when they don't. So, I am glad that I just finished the last slice today!
I'm definitely not doing the best job at keeping up with these photos nowadays. I keep forgetting to take them and then not prioritizing writing about them. I'm going to try to keep it up for another few weeks until the school year is over but I may not be able to. We shall see.
In the meantime, here is a photo of some lists I have been tracking intermittently. I want to make sure students have notebooks in each class and are actively participating through cold-calling. So, I have been writing down names and contacting homes of those who need writing spaces and putting grades in for those who are or are not participating actively.
Before Spring Break students had been working with a local artist in order to create the newest mural at Brooklyn Collaborative. The photo below is only one part of a set of three that demonstrates how we are Crew, not Passengers in this educational journey. It truly is magnificent and was a wonderful way of returning from Spring Break.
The last day of classes before Spring Break was a relative blur - except the transportation to the airport afterward. With school ending at 3:05pm and our flight leaving at 5:40pm, it was very tight to get there, Luckily, the LIRR came to our aid and we arrived at check-in with a few minutes to spare!
Students are actively working on their Geometry PBATs. They have to calculate distances and angle measures to show if a pool ball will eventually go into a specified pocket on the pool table. They are working feverishly trying to get it done!
On the day when the rest of the school took the SAT our seniors got a chance go to Queens for the New York Hall of Science. After a lovely day exploring the museum (despite its focus truly being younger kids) we had lunch at local Italian eateries. Here is a wonderful haul from a local bakery. So tasty!
It amazes me how much email flows through my inbox these days. At lunchtime every day I am sifting through about 50 emails (some important, some not) so I'm very glad that right now as I finish up some work for school I realize that it has gotten below 20 for the first time in weeks and I am very happy to see it.
I saw this today in the local Union newspaper I receive every month. I was so afraid when Betsy DeVos became Secretary of Education, especially since she doesn't truly understand the need for some important federal legislation to protect our student's needs. I have read and heard more about plans for more school "choice" (read: destruction of public schools) and reducing the role of the federal government in education. I just hope someone comes to their senses soon and gets her out of there.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!