We check out for summer break tomorrow, and I am so thankful that teachers get time that is built in to reflect and recharge. I am so excited about next school year! My schedule is as follows:

Fall Semester

- 7 AM: AP Calculus AB
- 1st: Plan
- 2nd: Honors Geometry
- 3rd: Honors Geometry

Spring Semester

- 7 AM: AP Calculus BC
- 1st: Honors Geometry
- 2nd: Honors Geometry
- 3rd: Plan

That’s right. I just have two preps all year. I’m not sure how this happened, but I am so excited to focus in on these two classes and make them as good as possible. I am really looking forward to revisiting Honors Geometry because the standards in Tennessee are changing (again), and I am finally at the point in my career where I really want to make things better rather than just pulling out what I’ve done in the past, running to the copier, and calling it a day. While this may sound much easier to do, it makes me sad to think that some teachers are just fine with this style of teaching. I have realized that I am different than most people in more ways than one, but especially with regards to learning. I always want to learn more for the sake of learning.

Dorothy and I have the same plan period in the fall, and we are both teaching geometry, which means we get to collaborate! We started today by looking at resources from the New York Department of Education (you know, since Tennessee has been so gracious to create/share resources with us), and I’ll just say that these standards are incredibly different than those in the past. The bulk of the content is no different. However, the way in which students discuss and connect concepts are the focus of these new standards, and teachers cannot teach the same way they have in the past and still be successful. For example, transformations used to be taught solely on the coordinate plane focusing on how the coordinates changed. This did prepare them for Algebra 2, but they saw transformations solely from an algebraic point of view. Now, transformations are introduced from the very beginning, but the coordinate plane isn’t mentioned until much later in the course. This gets the students to focus on exactly what is happening in space to points, lines, segments, rays, etc. when a rigid transformation is performed. They see all possible outcomes from each type of transformation (e.g., a rotation doesn’t change the center of rotation but segments in the pre-image will always be congruent to the corresponding segment in the image). I am so excited about these changes and can’t wait to dive in to a brand new experience.