So, good news! And it’s two-fold. Or several fold? Or just crumpled up in a little ball…
First, it’s August! My birth month. Not really unexpected good news, I have come to be pretty good at predicting when this good news will arrive from year to year.
Second, I found out that I will be teaching two sections of Algebra and one section of Honors Geometry. Yay, yay, and yay! Though I am admittedly a little nervous about being the only Algebra teacher. Why? Well, it’s nothing major. The set of Algebra Keystone scores is a big focus to a lot of people (internally and externally). Not that this is a big deal, I’m very confident in what I can do. I just know that when my learners, at least the ones who have Algebra this coming semester, take the Algebra Keystones, I will feel somewhat (totally?) responsible for the outcome. I know this is not totally the case — they’ve had years of math before me that led to who knows what, but it’s still something that I think about. Part of me is very nervous for this, and another part of me is super excited because if the scores improve, I also like to believe I can take at least some of the credit.
Third! (is that really like saying sixth? [because 3! = 6] ) One of the things that will make it significantly easier for me to teach is (get this!) I won’t be travelling among classrooms. That’s fantastic! Though, I was looking forward to presenting the “travelling facilitator” problem to my learners. At this point I’m pretty sure, but not 100% sure, which room will be mine, but that’s just a small detail that will work itself out. I can’t wait! We’ll see if my excitement holds up but I’m pretty confident.
PS – maybe I should ask to teach statistics? I’m throwing in words like significant and confident. The parameters of the school year are August 12 until June 20. There we go again!