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  • Bailey’s Progress Log

    Posted by Bailey Mortensen on April 28, 2021 at 9:46 am

    As a new teacher at Twin Falls High School I want to start by

    1) getting to know my coworkers

    2) getting to know my curriculum

    3) getting to know my students

    This week, I plan to contact the math department chair, get to know her, and ask what exactly I will be teaching next year. Getting to know my students will have to wait until the school year starts, but I’d love to hear suggestions on how to do that.

    How can I create a curious, collaborative classroom community starting on the first day of school?

    Bailey Mortensen replied 1 year, 6 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Kyle Pearce

    April 29, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Great goals and I’m liking your order.

    As you begin thinking about curriculum, I think it is great that you’ve thought about the students and how you can get to know them / start the school year off right. I know I was so focused on content when I was in my first year that I completely forgot about the class culture part. Good on you!

    This course might be a helpful starting point for you:

    How To Start The School Year Off Right

  • Bailey Mortensen

    May 10, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    I just found out that I will be teaching Algebra 1 and Integrated 1 (algebra and geometry) next year. I will be meeting with several co-workers on Friday to get to know them and the curriculum better. I am also going to begin the “How to Start the Year off Right” course on this site.

    • Kyle Pearce

      May 11, 2021 at 8:12 pm

      Awesome! Must be nice to start getting a sense of what you’ll be teaching next year. Good luck at your meeting and let us know how the Start The School Year Off Right course!

  • Bailey Mortensen

    May 27, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I just finished reading Peter Liljedahl’s “Building Thinking Classrooms” and it has inspired me! I can’t wait to start working with random groups of students at white boards. It has also made me very curious about strategies for assessing student learning. After I finish the “How to Start the School Year off Right” course, I plan to take the course on “Assessment” so I can get a better picture of how that might look in my class.

    • Jon

      May 28, 2021 at 6:23 am

      What a great book right?!

      It sounds like you have a great plan of attack here @baileymortensen

  • Bailey Mortensen

    July 19, 2021 at 9:41 am

    I finished the Start the School Year Off Right course and loved the idea of jumping right in to working on math tasks in small, random groups. Showing students how the school year will go is way better than telling them.

    I can’t wait to meet and get to know my students! I have set a goal to memorize all their names in the first two weeks of school. I also plan to get to know them through a pie chart assignment in which they create a pie chart for how they spend their time. It will be interesting to learn about their activities outside of my classroom so I can better support them.

    I also met with all my coworkers (except for one other teacher who is new to the school) and got to know them individually. I feel much more comfortable now that I know their names and a bit about them. I’m looking forward to working with them because they all seem to get along well.

    Lastly, I’ve been getting to know my curriculum by studying the textbook for my Integrated 1 class and the online materials for my Algebra 1 class. Knowing exactly what topics I will be teaching is very helpful. My next step is to identify the standards or learning goals I need to cover and find tasks or activities for my students to do so they can learn them.