It’s amazing how different my new job is. Sure I’m still teaching high school math and many of my new students are rough around the edges, as were my former students. Many of them have chaotic home lives that affect their performance at school. That’s about where the similarities end. Here are some initial notable differences:
- With class size ranging from 4-9 students “group work” becomes a whole class activity! It makes it a lot easier to make sure the students are staying on track!
- Teaching 4 different courses (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2) with about 35 total students is easier than teaching just 2 courses with 135 total students… at least so far!
- Staff meetings: At my old school, we had one per month with ~150 staff in attendance. And, I’ll just say that most teachers did not look forward to them. Now, we have daily meetings in the morning with 6-10 people in attendance. Instead of staring blankly off into space and trying to pick out the bits and pieces that apply to you, every word spoken affects you in some way because you know every student and know something about each of the staff members. We also pray for our students and each other every morning.
- Not only am I allowed to share the most important aspect of my life with my students, I’m encouraged (and expected) to share my faith with them. My job is not just to teach math, but to be an advocate and mentor for them.
- I don’t have to worry about taking home papers to grade because I know I’ll be all caught up after working a little before school and during my prep period.
- I’m finding that you can get about the same amount of work done in one 80 minute block than you can in two 50 minute class period- it makes prep work easier too! 🙂 And what makes the schedule even better is we get to see all our students on Friday!
Well, that’s a good start… you can be sure that there will be more to come! 🙂