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I’m baaaaaaack! Yea, so this blog thing didn’t quite go as I had planned. I am back with a vengeance, however. Part of the reason for this is that I have time now. Summer is coming and I have much less on my plate. I have some time to devote to this now and hopefuly really get a full head of steam before school starts in the fall. Secondly, my course load is significantly changing and I figured that I may as well blog about it!
For the past couple of years I have been teaching 2 sections of Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, 2 sections of Fundamentals of Algebra and 1 section of Calculus that this is conncurrently enrolled with the local community college. Fundamentals of Algebra is one of those courses that chews you up and spits you out. It’s a burn out course. The make up of the class is all of the freshman that got a 1 on their 8th grade assessment combined with some 10th graders that failed the course the previous year. My department chair figured I had put my dues in and pulled some strings to get me a different course. This is where things got messy. One of the changes coming in NYS Education is that we need to write SLO’S (Student Learning Objectives) for 50% of our course load (there are specifics as to which courses you have to do and what not, but I won’t bore you with that here). My department chair and the principal decided that they didn’t want anyone to have to write an SLO for Fundamentals of Algebra. Long story short, they didn’t give any one teacher more than one section of Fundamentals of Algebra.
Well, there was a wrinkle in this for me; it didn’t quite play out the way I thought it might. Tentatively, it looks like I have 1 section of Calculus, 1 section of Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, 2 sections of Integrated Algebra, and 1 section of Academic Intervention Services (AIS). I am excited to teach Integrated Algebra. I think it will allow me to get a little more creative in my teaching with even more activities, group work, and alternative assessments. I will be leaning on you all (and scouring your ena blogs) a lot for ideas for this course. I am scared to death about the 4 preps. I have had 3 preps for years now and that has been crazy at times, but doable. I will be leaning on you all a ton for support and ideas to keep me sane!!!