After five years of teaching in Gallup, we just moved from New Mexico to Maryland to get closer to family. That means I’ve, fortunately, got a new job teaching 8th graders. Four classes of 8th grade math (2 “merit” and 2 “honors”) and 1 class of Algebra 1.
I’m just trying to wrap my mind around the job because I’ve had trouble getting started on anything. Maybe it’s because we just moved to a new house, living with my wife’s parents, who are great. Maybe it’s because we’ve had 3 family vacations (4 if you count the move!) in the past month and a half. Or maybe it’s because there’s a baby that could decide it wants to come as I’m typing this, in which case I’ll finish this post after my wife has our second child.
So yeah, I’m scatterbrained.
Here’s a list of things that I need to do soon, in no order:
- Set up my classroom:
- Get posters
- Think about seating (it’s been 5 years since I’ve had my own classroom!!)
- Purchase things like manipulatives, whiteboards, trays & folders for papers, extra writing utensils, stamps, etc. (What am I forgetting?)
- Plan the first day of class
- Get to know you surveys
- Jump right into problem solving/math task
- Plan second day of class
- Go over routines & expectations
- Plan warm-ups and routines
- Study Math Talks more
- Look into available technology and make tasks using those when it’s productive
- Create assessments (this should come before planning tasks/lessons)
- Consider “early year” things I want to accomplish
- Growth Mindset
- Grades talk (go hand in hand with above), SBG
- Problem Solving Strategies (Devil’s Bridge Crossing Problem)
- Get-to-know-you sheets
- Get routines established
- Warm ups
- Visual Patterns
- Math Talks
- Quote of the week (?)
- How to take a quiz (self-grading!)
- How to re-assess
- Explain Lagging HW
- Explain old standards showing up again on new quizzes/assessments
- Recognizing Birthdays
- Warm ups
- Ninja Wall
- Learn what I need to stay up to date on accreditation of my teaching license
- Learn about the PBIS system at my school (Positive Behavior Incentive School)
- Learn about other discipline policies at my school
- Learn all this little things (printer, laminator, etc.) at my school!
- Figure out how the pacing guide for the county works
- Read all the MS blogs compiled by Julie (ha…)
I’ve dropped by my new classroom and here are some pictures of the new room (no work done yet!).
I should post this and get to work!
 Though I’m trying not to put too much stock into the prior categorization of students.