Our school does semesterization. Some of the courses are only one semester long and it works for them. For math, we are a full year long. This means on Tuesday, Jan 23rd after we finish our midterms, we start fresh with term 2 and this means new classes, some new kids, and new periods. So, if a student had me first term, they might leave and go to a new teacher or they might stay with me but have new classmates and a new class period. This new term I will have 117 students - 53 returning and 64 new students for 55% new. That's a lot!
In September I do a lot of getting to know the students from day 1. Unfortunately, I don't have that precious time to repeat it. I will hand out an index card and collect the new students' birthdays so I can add them to my weekly birthday board. I will do another escrapbook like I did last year. I make a scrapbook style page about me - pictures and my hobbies and then I share it with the class to make their own slides. I love this! It is a great way to get to know the new students but to get a chance to learn about the students who have had me all along.
Here is my page this year:
I am a To-Do list person and I love to check things off and feel accomplished.
Keep in mind I teach 3 different classes, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
Here is my list:
- Update my canvas pages
- Update flippity.net for my random groupings at my VNPS
- Make new Jan/February seating charts (I change each month but both are short, so 1 will do)
- Make new email groups - this means looking through each kids' demographics to see if their email includes a middle initial (this takes a LOT of time!)
- Print class lists and keep printing until day of because they might change
- Copy my Assignment Sheet 11 for each class (Long term assignments due each cycle)
- Make and copy my new calendar and syllabus for the new unit for each class
- Make a new poster for the 2018 challenge
- Update my Deltamath groups (I use this site for practice problems every now and then)
- Put my old lessons away in binders
- Make my escrapbook page and make the classes google slide show and share (once I get email lists made)
- Organize new student birthdays
- Replenish classroom supplies - new board markers, new paper, etc
- Wash my whiteboards
- Clean my computer desktop
- Prepare 1st day lesson for each class, hopefully 1st week of lessons
- I administer the AMC math test on Feb 7th, so I need to make sure I send an email to the PTA to get parent volunteers to help with that.
- We have a math team competition on Jan 24th, so I need to make the teams for that and book the bus.
- Figure out Equatio (first I have to find it. I know I have it, can't find it though)