There are less than two weeks until the madness of the new school year starts here in New Zealand. I really like how the new school year starts with the new year here. It’s just a fresh start in all aspects of life.
I have been doing some lesson planning for next year since I plan to be trying out some different things in my curriculum this year such as interactive notebooks in my junior classes. I have also been working on decorating my classroom. It is not really something that a lot of high school teachers do a lot of but I enjoy it and I always feel happier in my environment after I have decorated it and made it look nicer. If I feel happier then I like to think that my students feel happier too.
Last year, I started to organize my side board into little boxes with categories. I had quote of the day and a box for each class’s homework which is pretty standard. I also tried something new last year which was having a section called Mathemagicians for each class. I would put up names of students who had gone the extra mile and asked thought provoking questions or completed their homework to a high standard. I liked having sections for my board last year since the previous year I didn’t use the middle part of my board at all and it just ended up being unused.
This week has been ridiculously busy. I was away all week at a Math Writing Camp in Auckland where I had the privilege of writing math exams for next year. It was heaps of fun and I learned so much. I stayed in the student accommodation at the university where we were working. Little did I know an entire week would just flash by and I’d be sitting here writing another Friday Five.
5 things I enjoyed this week
Writing the math exams
Being fed 5 meals a day (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner)
I have decided to start doing a weekly roundup on my blog. If you’ve been around a while, you may have heard about the Friday Five where bloggers are given 5 questions to answer each week on their blog so that their readers get to know them better. I have decided to do this differently and just create my own categories which will each contain 5 points. I have borrowed this idea from Mary at amerrylife. I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think.
5 things I have enjoyed this week
Making smoothies with my new blender.
Cooking new recipes: mostly soups, and mostly in my crockpot.
Starting to organize my classroom for next year.
Winning $100 to my local supermarket.
Playing Guild Wars 2 with Josh.
5 things I am looking forward to
The NZAMT (New Zealand Association of Maths Teachers) test writing camp next week in Auckland.
Receiving my 2 new planners: my Erin Condren teacher planner and my filofax personal planner.
Spin classes finally starting up again at the gym.