Archive for July, 2012

My first day on campus…

July 28, 2012

Actually my first two days.  This week we had our campus “retreat.”  I don’t know who decided to call it a retreat, because I disagree with the description because we spent two days working in the cafeteria.

The purpose of the retreat was to work on our inquiry based projects.  At my new campus, every class has to complete an inquiry based project.  The purpose of this retreat was to walk everyone through the process of planning it.  I must admit, this was probably one of the most productive workshops I have ever attended because within two days, I had my project planned and reviewed by several other teachers.  It is not that often that you leave a workshop with something ready to use.  I am by no means finished, but I have it planned down to the day.

One of the best things for me was all of the people there to help.  Everyone else was planning with their teams and I have no team, since I am the only government teacher.  I was planning this project without ever having taught the class, without ever having taught high school, without ever having worked on an inquiry based project, and by myself.  So I was grateful for all of the help.

While at the workshop, I got to meet a lot of my coworkers.  I have had a good first impression and I think I will like working with them.  I did notice a few different things from my coworkers at my last campus.  There are a lot more male teachers and there are a lot of people who are closer to my age.  I enjoyed my last campus, but I am going to appreciate working with this group.

Another interesting thing about my campus is there are a lot of new employees.  I think they said it was something like 30 new employees.  I think about half came from adding a senior class and the rest were from people leaving.  It will be nice not being the new guy, since there are a lot of us new guys (and gals).

I have three more weeks before I have to officially report back.

-J

AP Training…

July 15, 2012

I spent last week at TCU for the AP Summer Institute.  These workshops are offered to help AP teachers and cover everything for AP strategies to content lectures.  Overall, it was good, but I did get a little bored at times. 

Now I have a big task ahead of me.  In order for my AP classes to officially be called AP classes, I have to get a syllabus approved by the College Board.  The interesting thing for me is that I have never even taught regular government before, so I do not have too much insight into what I am doing for this.  Luckily, I got a lot of good resources from the workshop to help me with this. 

As much as I am worried about teaching an AP class for the first time, I met some people at the workshop who have more to do than I do, such as teaching two or three different AP classes.

I guess I should get started on my homework.

-J