My two cents (Week of Oct 26, 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 sixth post in the series.

Monday
Responding to email more taxing than I could ever imagine. Had a good discussion with the folks at Math for America about developing an antiracist White affinity group for the spring.

Tuesday
Out of sheer mental exhaustion and frustration, I find myself bypassing meetings and forgoing previous commitments. This is disappointing, but strangely satisfying; what must be done, must be done.

Wednesday
It’s wild how buried events and people can be rushed to the present moment and remind you of what really matters. After school, the RSJ committee publicly acknowledged and condemned the peripheral treatment that racial equity PD has been given by our school so far this year.

Thursday
In one of the funniest moments of the year so far, I caught a kid eating tissue on camera in 8th period today. Left school feeling motivated for a variety of reasons, including when a math colleague mentioned that he wants to find a way to incorporate the 1619 Project into his Geometry unit.

Friday
My cogen went well today; maybe it is actually turning into something meaningful. I had a two-hour chat with someone that was two years in the making; the time flew by and I desperately need it.


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My two cents (Week of Oct 12, 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 fifth post in the series.

Monday
No classes — Indigenous People’s Day.

Tuesday
I took my cogen’s advice and developed “consistent” breakout rooms where the same 4-5 students stick together for a few weeks. After school, I caught up on a massive amount of grade input; importing grades form Classroom to Skedula is a life saver.

Wednesday
Out of nowhere, I developed a weekly Self Check-In for my students. Also out of nowhere, I created my first Feedback Video of the year; it’s deepening how I’m thinking about my planning.

Thursday
I fell into a discussion today with my eighth period class which let me know that, despite our long distance relationship, we are in fact making progress. Whether it is pumpkin spice, the Lakers, oranges, velvet red cake, or Ninja, I sense that the glue is forming.

Friday
I had anxiety about my cogen not showing up today, but they did, and it was great. Ending the week, my school’s structures seem to be as unstable than ever…and my class is finally beginning to feel just the opposite (thanks to preassigned breakout rooms, DeltaMath, student bios, Google Form quizzes, Turn-Ins, Self Check-Ins, cogens, etc).

My Two Cents (Week of Oct 5, 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 fourth post in the series.

Monday
They have free breakfast and lunch for staff now. I had both, yum!

Tuesday
Zigzagging between rooms to teach is driving my crazy and keeping me being fully present with my students. Decided today to stay put at my desk and had a productive day.

Wednesday
Seriously considering a “traveling letter of appreciation” for all of my classes this year; it’ll be mailed from one student to the next in lieu of having the token of appreciation. Ending the day feeling isolated and down.

Thursday
Had a mini-debate over orange and apple juice today in first period — orange juice won. It’s needless to say, but my kids still aren’t learning much math.

Friday
I teach no classes on Friday, but this day felt stuffed. Had my first cogenerative dialogue — also known as a cogen — with four students today; I had no idea what I was doing, but I was excited.


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My Two Cents (Week of Sept 28, 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 third post in the series.

Monday
No school.

Tuesday
First period was a joke, but it wasn’t a terrible day. My kids aren’t learning any math, but at least we’re getting more comfortable with each other.

Wednesday
My first few “lessons” have been subpar. Realized that, while things are still going horribly, I’m feeling better about things this week; my binder is helping.

Thursday
Gave the kids some individual work and did one-on-ones; some good, needed conversations. This was the first day with students in the building and my brain was all over the place; teaching with a mask on ain’t cool.

Friday
I was finally able to give Mathematical Voices to several of students from last year; that was special. Had a heavy talk with BD after school which reminded me that life is more than White privilege.

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