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A day in the life of an educator: Wednesday

*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!!

6:10-7:40 AM I am in my room getting grades entered, eligibility is pulled today and grades need to be as accurate as possible. I finish getting percentages on some Calculus tests, work through the technology trouble tickets for my building, sort out emails. I wanted to record some Calculus lessons…
7:40-8:35 AM Calculus!! Integration by parts today anyone??
8:40-9:35 AM More calculus and more integration by parts.
9:35-10:05 AM Checked on a colleagues network login issue, upload and create a video playlist on YouTube and troubleshoot some web issues on my classroom PC.
10:05-10:55 AM 3rd period Calculus!
10:55-12:30 PM Helped a colleague get her projector working and delivered toner to several people. Edited my YouTube playlist, and graded quizzes.….Spent time composing an email to my Representative, Mr. Mike Turner. He has made some comments that frustrate me as a teacher…but I did sit for 15 mins and eat lunch!
12:35-1:30 PM PreAP Precalculus! Complex numbers in trig form. Yummy!
1:35-2:30 PM Last period of the day – Calculus!
2:35-2:50 PM Spent some time talking with a student about some challenging life events.
2:50-4:40 PM Soccer practice! Working on getting ready for tomorrow’s scrimmage.
5:30-6:00, 6:45-7:10 PM Edited my YouTube Channel to make sure the videos were correctly tagged and titled from the playlist I made earlier today. Done for the day!


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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