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A Day in the Life of an Educator – Thursday

*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!!

6:00-6:30 AM Check email and change some of my info on the SDE website. They need my school email address so they can tie in my TLE evaluations.
6:30-7:10 AM Prep and record those darn calculus lessons that I have been trying to get to since Tuesday…
7:10-7:30 AM Dough Day Breakfast provide by our Family and Consumer Science, Business, and PE teachers – PANCAKES!!!!
7:40-8:35 AM 1st period. An interesting conversation occurred about the Oklaed Rally in March
8:40-9:35 AM 2nd period. Calculus – still integrating by parts. I got called out of my room to help a teacher who’s computer crashes this morning (remember the tech spec thing mentioned above?)
9:35-10:00 AM Delivered toner and met with our head coach about some items for today’s scrimmage.
10:05-10:55 AM Calculus!
11:00-11:30 AM A colleague needed some help with her email, SmartBoard, and DVD player, so we got all of that fixed up.
11:40-12:35 PM Worked on recording some lessons for calculus. But was not able to finish. I did some editing as I went so I can get them up as quick as possible tomorrow.
12:35-1:30 PM PreAP Precalculus time (notice lunch got missed again…)
1:35-2:30 PM Calculus time! Wrapping up integration by parts today! Quizzing in calculus tomorrow!
2:35-3:40 PM Got organized, grabbed a sack lunch/dinner and loaded up on the bus for our scrimmage in Moore.
3:40-5:15 PM JV scrimmage!! Finally we play someone other than ourselves! My girls work hard and despite a frigid north wind, come out on top 2-0. Next ups is the varsity scrimmage
5:30-7:00 PM Varsity girls get a chance to play. The wind is brutal, he coaches are cold, but the girls play really hard. We come out on top 1-0. Time to pack up and head back to school.
7:40 PM Gear put up, kids have rides and head out!
8:00 PM Home! Taking the rest of the night off!


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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