At 7:05am Monday morning 25ish 9th graders will grace me with their presence and will forever be known as “My First Class Ever.” The nightmares haven’t started—yet. You know the ones: students tying up the teacher and dancing on desks. But I’m sure they’ll make their way into my subconscious over the weekend.
My goal for the first week of school? Survival.
Last Friday I was informed I was teaching Informal Geometry and nearly died. I hate Geometry would prefer not to teach Geometry. I finally wrapped my head around the whole thing and then, BAM! Monday morning they switched me to Agile Mind Algebra. OK, so Algebra is wonderful, but what is this Agile Mind business?
I wasn’t formally introduced to Agile Mind until today during training. I was thinking I was going to be handcuffed to my computer all weekend exploring the Agile Mind site. (The whole curriculum is online- no textbooks!) Not so much. They’re performing maintenance on the site this weekend. (Cue in panic attack.)
Luckily, I was able to print out a lot of stuff today and had the opportunity to navigate the site. I would have still liked more time, but, really, what can I do. I’m not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person (aka I’m anal), so I’m still anxious about trying to teach this brand new (to me and the district) curriculum on Monday.
To top things off, my classroom is still not completely set up. I’m thinking I will do the essentials over the next few days and then just make changes as the school year progresses. I really just don’t like this unprepared feeling. Ask my husband- I think he’s ready to kill me. (At least he has already made the determination that he will not be seeing much of me this weekend.)