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A Day in the Life of an Educator: Tuesday

*Warning – this will be a long post and is not for the feint of heart.  But for those of you who are not teachers – read it at your own risk.  This is the true story about one week in the life of a teacher, just the teacher part…

**It got too long to be read by the non-teacher, so this week will be broken down by day and on Saturday, the entire thing will be up…please forgive any typos its done on the fly…

***I teach PreAP Precalculus, Calculus, and coach women’s soccer. My contract school day is 7:15AM – 2:45PM (not including the coaching aspect). I am married to an awesome wife and we have three children ages 10, 7, and 5. AND I LOVE WHAT I DO!!

6:25-7:35 AM I really wanted to record a couple of lessons for my Calculus classes, but spent this time writing a letter of recommendation for a student, changing my login credentials, and responding to emails. I am the school site technology specialist (tech spec) and this gives me a few additional responsibilities.
7:40-8:35 AM Welcome to 1st period – Calculus. Encouraging the kids to keep working on stuff: notes from 6.3 had been assigned over the weekend and I am checking 6.2 textbook work.
8:40-9:35 AM 2nd Period, rinse and repeat from first period.
9:35-9:55 AM tutorial – kids wrap up any homework and ask some questions.
10:00-10:55 AM 3rd Period same as the first.
10:55-11:10 AM I worked on a colleagues computer, she was having some issues with our shared drive. Heated up some lunch then headed to my room to record Precalc lessons.
11:10-12:30 PM Kristina and I recorded our lesson and I started the editing process.
12:35-1:30 PM 5th period (notice I did not get to sit and eat lunch, I consumed it walking down the hall from the microwave to my classroom) is PreAP Precalculus. Today is quiz day!
1:35-2:30 PM 6th period, rinse and repeat of the morning classes.
2:45-4:30 PM Soccer practice. We worked out some of the kinks from our weekend scrimmages and started working for our match on Thursday.
8:10-8:45 PM I left an example off of the lesson that Kristina and I made earlier, so I re-edited it, then re-uploaded it to YouTube.
9:00-10:00 PM Remember those quizzes from earlier today, time to grade…



About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant


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