My Two Cents (Week of Nov 23, 2020)

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 tenth post in the series.

Monday (November 23, 2020)
I think racial and social justice may be slowly becoming a priority at my school. It appears as if our institutional priorities may be changing to help us dismantle white supremacy culture, but there’s still a long way to go.

Tuesday (November 24, 2020)
Another roller coaster. I barely taught in eighth period today before realizing that they needed a mental health day; I wish I had the answers they needed.

Wednesday (November 25, 2020)
I played math pictionary today. It was fun, interesting, and useful to see how students think about and represent the various concepts we’ve learned through informal sketches.

Thursday (November 25, 2020)
No classes — Thanksgiving Recess

Friday (November 25, 2020)
No classes — Thanksgiving Recess

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My Two Cents (Week of Nov 16, 2020)

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 ninth post in the series.

Monday (Nov 16)
An impromptu change of plans found me teaching from my bedroom again today — something I never expected when I started my day. Ironically, my lessons were nothing like I expected; somehow all of my kids ended up on Whiteboard.fi showing their work to some trig problems.

Tuesday (Nov 17)
I feel guilty that I’m hoarding my time and wishing that I didn’t have to attend so many meetings. I officially sent away from students’ first mathematical penpal letters; I never thought I was going to pull that off.

Wednesday (Nov 18)
I somberly learned today that, because the city’s 7-day infection rate rose about 3%, the schools were closing. I get why, but I can’t deny how disheartening and demoralizing it is to be ripped from the comforting arms of my classroom yet again — even when there are no students present.

Thursday (Nov 19)
Apple…Earpods! It was a long over due, but today all of the Tokens of Appreciation were passed for the first time this year (happening via mail).

Friday (Nov 20)
Remembering that I couldn’t go into the building, I woke up feeling distant and empty. Did I say how much I hate remote learning?



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My two cents (Week of Nov 9, 2020)

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 eighth post in the series.

Monday
I found myself unnecessarily frustrated with first period today; I need to chill. The beautiful weather enticed me to teach three of my classes from a bench near my apartment building; having leaves fall on my face as we discussed the unit circle was refreshing, but wiping bird poop off my keyboard was not.

Tuesday
After a student said “Happy 50th Birthday” to me, I ran into his room (which was across the hall) to give him a playful piece of my mind; you deserved it A! Ninth period absolutely made my day when they sang happy birthday to me.

Wednesday
No classes — Veteran’s Day

Thursday
Stumbled over introducing mathematical penpals today; I’m excited, but also secretly worried about how it plays out this year — thank you Sarah. On day 1 of virtual parent-teacher conferences, I found myself daydreaming of those from the past.

Friday
Tired today, but so excited to have prepped and finalized my students’ first letters with their math penpals from upstate Michigan. I watched a webinar from CUNY’s Urban Education Phd program (here and here); maybe someday.

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My two cents (Week of Nov 2, 2020)

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 seventh post in the series.

Monday
A day full of annoying highs and lows. I was forced to change rooms out of no where and fielded complaints from students about my error-analysis quizzes.

Tuesday
Back to teaching from my bedroom for a day. The only highlight was getting to share my kids with my students.

Wednesday
Anxiously refreshing both the CNN a NY Times homepages frequently throughout the day. At a loss for for motivation, I did pushups in 9th period after a student gave a thoughtful response to question.

Thursday
I was finally brave enough to announce and begin the Token of Appreciation today. It may backfire, but this year the token will be a piece of paper that is mailed to each other.

Friday
The cogen strikes again, this time with another member. Had a good departmental meeting today; I see a “problems of practice” distributed facilitation model that I really like.

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