A week in the life of an educator: Monday

*Warning – this will be a long post and is not for the feint of heart.  But for those of you who are not teachers – read it at your own risk.  This is the true story about one week in the life of a teacher, just the teacher part…

**It got too long to be read by the non-teacher, so this week will be broken down by day and on Saturday, the entire thing will be up…please forgive any typos its done on the fly…

***I teach PreAP Precalculus, Calculus, and coach women’s soccer. I am married to an awesome wife and we have three children ages 10, 7, and 5. AND I LOVE WHAT I DO!!

5:00 AM I am already awake with ideas to try or create or talk about. I am in the building as close to 6:00 AM as possible. I get more work done when nobody else is in the building. I double check our presentations for errors and make some last minute edits. I want everything to be perfect so it takes a lot longer than I was ready for. So long I was late to our department meeting…
8:00 AM our school wide PD kicks off with a math department meeting.  I love the folks I work with.  Although we don’t all agree on every issue, we do agree on trying to do the best thing for the students! We found out that once again our SDE has released incorrect test blueprint information. If we are going to prepare our kids for the tests you make us give them – LET US KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO TEACH!!! It is also a good idea to have all of the programs the kids need to use on the test ready for us to practice on BEFORE we have to take the tests. Not ready for practice one month before the testing window opens…
9:00 AM Department meeting is over and Kristina and I record some lessons for PreAp Precalculus. We have to kind of quick because we are presenting how our Flipclass Model is used in our classes. We need to be done by 9:45 and just make it…
9:45-11:00 AM Confessions of a Classroom Flipper! Great session with 20-ish Middle School teachers! Lots of great back and forth dialogue about flipclass, what it is and how it works. Kristina and I had a ton of fun sharing!
11:00-12:00 Noon we have a working lunch to make sure our afternoon session is ready to roll.
12:00-1:00 PM All faculty meeting, topics include being aware of diabetes, and different symptoms to be aware of. Next was an update of cool new Media Center goodies. Next up was TLE our new evaluation instrument. But as with several other items coming from SDE, it changes all the time…PLEASE FIGURE OUT HOW YOU WILL EVALUATE ME, THEN DONT CHANGE IT!
1:00-2:30 PM Kristina and I lead our staff through three rotations touching briefly on educational technology. We enjoy sharing with our staff!
2:30-4:40 PM Soccer Practice! Then headed home.
8:20-9:20 PM Uploading videos to YouTube and creating the thumbnail, video descriptions, and tags.  I created a play list for these particular notes then share the link onto Twitter for anyone who searches for them.


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