What am I proud of, what's going well right now? Well, there's only three and a half weeks left of school so I'm proud that I am showing up to work with two matching shoes at this point. That being said, I really am excited about the work my PLC team is doing right now. It's the eleventh hour, and we are still motivated to continue to make that shift toward active learning. I'm celebrating trying new things, and that some of those new things are really working for my classroom! I'm also pumped about going to my first Advanced Placement conference this summer!
- The World History team engaging in the shift toward active learning. This year I feel that we have a great team of ladies working together to "upgrade" the World History curriculum if you will. We meet during our prep, after school, briefly when we run into each other in the bathroom during passing period. We are constantly emailing and adjusting and adapting our lessons, our assessments, our projects. It's been a lot of fun, and I truly feel our newfound motivation is contagious, because the kids are feeling it too!
- Trying new things! I have been to a lot of professional development "things" this year and, as a new teacher, I am getting more and more comfortable with the idea of trying these out in my classroom. Sometimes they're great and the kids love it! Sometimes, they're a big flop. I appreciate the flops as much as the successes. The failed attempts give me an opportunity to check in with my students, hear from them where we all went wrong, and make those changes necessary to turn the flops into successes. It's been fun.
- AP By The Sea for Human Geography this summer. I am excited to be introducing a new AP class to the school! I am looking forward to meeting other teacher that teach this course, finding out how they teach it, and then of course stealing everything I love from each of those teachers' practices... I mean... collaborating with those teachers! :)