My two cents (Week of Feb 22, 2021)

For each school day of the 2020-21 school year, I will be writing two sentences to capture some of the impressions, feelings, experiences, or thoughts I had that day. This is the 20th post in the series.

Monday (Feb 22)
After checking in on everyone’s break, I used a Desmos activity on inverse functions to ease us into the week. It went well.

Tuesday (Feb 23)
My 8th period needed a mental health day. We talked about oranges, recipes involving oranges, what makes an orange part of the citrus family, the color orange itself; it was quite fun…and, dare I say, philosophical.

Wednesday (Feb 24)
This has been a revengeful week; it’s like it knew that we had a week off for mid-winter break and wanted to get even by making us all suffer. Thankfully, I felt productive doing lots of small tasks, creating lots of opportunities for small victories.

Thursday (Feb 25)
For Black History Month, I had my students research a Black mathematician of their choosing and write a short profile of them. Today, after one of my students emailed their mathematician to see if she would be a guest speaker in our class, one of these mathematicians (Dr. Lauren L. Thomas) visited my fifth period class and shared her story with us.

Friday (Feb 26)
Had two colleagues join me for the cogen today, who have showed interest in starting their own (we talked a lot about videos). In the racial and social justice staff workshop after school, I shared (for the first time publicly) a harmful experience that a black, female school colleague had when she was dismissed from our school because of a “white privilege” shirt she was wearing; I was nervous.


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