Archive for June, 2014

Another year done…

June 20, 2014

This year marked my 5th year of teaching. It is hard to believe that it has been that long. Let me recap some of the events that happened in the last weeks school.

I mentioned before about my UIL Current Events team advancing to regionals. They placed 2nd at regionals, but did not qualify for state. Next year I will be the UIL academic coordinator for my school and I hope to strengthen our program.

I survived teaching AP economics. Despite the qualms I had at the beginning of the semester, I really enjoyed it. I look forward to being able to build on my progress next year.

Overall my students felt confident about the AP exams. I will find out their scores in about two weeks and I believe I will see a lot of progress from last year in government. I am actually expecting a better performance in economics.

I have enrolled in grad school and hope to being classes next month. I am still waiting on a few things from my fellowship, but that should be completed soon.

Now that I am finished with my AP training, my summer can really begin.

-J

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ASPI…

June 19, 2014

I have been at AP training for economics this week. I was unable to go last year, as it would have been a lot more helpful then.

Going into this last semester teaching AP economics for the first time, I was nervous. This week has been really validating because I feel like I have been doing a good job. There are other teachers here who taught it for the first time last semester as well and I can tell that I got it better than they did.

Doing professional development classes like this is good for me because it helps me empathize with my students, because it reminds me what it is like to be a student. If I am at something that I am interested in and I am having trouble focusing, I can only imagine what it is like for a 17 year old who is much less interested.

This also reminds me how lucky I am to be in the district and school I am at. I have heard some things from other teachers about the wacky things that go on in their districts and it makes my problems seem not as bad. At the same time, we all have many if the same problems, regardless of who are students are.

-J