Another year has past and I am gearing up to go back to school. For the second time in my five-year career I will be at the same school as I was before.
It is a wonderful feeling to be able to return somewhere and feel like more of a veteran. I recently attended the staff training for the NYC Outward Bound that my grade team is going to experience in April and met a few of my new colleagues. Some are veterans, some are fresh out of graduate school or in the NYC Teaching Fellows program. Regardless, it is a comfortable feeling when you are the one who gets to explain and describe school systems to someone else.
This year I will be focusing my efforts on Algebra 1 (a class I have taught for the past four years) and my new elective class I titled "Applied Math."
The Algebra 1 course shouldn't be too hard since I am teaching from the same College Prep Math curriculum with a co-worker I taught with last year. The one snag is that she is pregnant and will be gone from October - December. Her replacement will be joining us at school starting tomorrow, however, so the transition should be fairly seamless.
It is the Applied Math course that has me more on edge. The first half of the year is focusing on financial management and the second is on 3D modeling and printing.
Granted, I have prepared quite a lot and will be using a lot of the High School Financial Planning Program lesson plans, but there is still something scary about teaching a new course. I am currently working out the details of the final project which will have some mix of presentation, paper, and budget crafting.
The second semester will require more thinking but - luckily - I have a few maker-focused coworkers who are going to help me out.
I very much look forward to this year and can't wait to begin!*
* except tomorrow is going to be 90+ degrees and the air conditioners are not that good in my classroom. Oh well!