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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Vacation Bliss...

I think we can all relate to that time when we finally can have some much needed rest to recharge our creative batteries.  Let's face it, teaching can drain you!  Beyond the politics, the standards, the classroom diversions, there is this need to be the most innovative teacher you can be.  I know I'm always looking for more creative ways to teach the same old boring lessons. 

This week my goal is to post some of the cool things that happened in my class prior to Christmas break.  I'm going to review an app I used as a teaching aid, post some pictures about a project we did, take a walk through NearPod (which I'd like to use permanently in my classroom), and revisit Mathletics.  I'd also like to get some feedback on a project I'm working out in my head.  I want to do a project with Legos, statistics, data gathering, functions and modeling... an all in one project.  I have a couple of classes that I'd like to experiment with, just to see how they do. 

Believe it or not, even though it is "relaxation" time, I've actually set work goals for my vacation.  I MUST make an EOY Algebra I proficiency exam.  That has to be sent of to the state for approval.  I MUST actually transfer my lessons from my planner to a digital format (so I can check out at the end of the year for summer vacation), I WANT to plan all my classes out to the end of the year.  I WANT to cross-reference everything I've done with CCSS, and I WANT to plan some REALLY cool lessons.

What are your plans and goals?  I hope you are enjoying your vacation!