Today was busy, yet had very few meetings. The day officially started at 11:30 because we had to (got to?) stay until 7pm for back-to-school night. One parent already informed me that she found my “blog”. I’m really hoping she’s referring to my teacher website from before, but at least I stand by this blog as a fair representation of what I do in the classroom. 🙂
Our all-staff meeting was only an hour this morning, which was nice, thought a lot of info came at me at the end and I still feel like I’m missing something.
After that, we were allowed to continue working on our classroom, presumably to get ready for back-to-school night, but I was just worried about Monday. I’m still waiting for the laminator (why doesn’t Google spellcheck recognize that as a legitimate word?!) to work. Or, more accurately, be worked by someone who knows what they’re doing so I can get my “things to go up on the wall” all laminated. Therefore my classroom was quite bare, but I was able to use the one-liner “sorry that my classroom isn’t set up, I just moved from New Mexico” and that worked great as a conversation starter.
I did end up putting QR codes around the room: my resume website, http://www.remind.com codes, a math comic, the mathcounts website, previous student work, among other things. Most students and/or parents had a smartphone, but most of those didn’t seem to want to spend that much time in the room. And several said that they didn’t have a QR code reader installed on their phones. Oh well, hopefully it impressed the few parents/students who did check them out.
Speaking of impressed, I was also able to impress a few students by already having their names known. I didn’t know them immediately, but after a second I could recall a few. Now I just need to keep studying them until I’ve got them really down before Monday rolls around.
Okay, it’s late and I’ve got a full days worth of meetings tomorrow. We’re in the “everything feels blurry” phase right now. Why is that?
 Yes, my contacts are out, but no, that’s not what I’m talking about!