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A day in the life of an educator: Friday

*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!!

Friday:
3:30 AM Woke up early thinking about what I could do better for my kids….lots of ideas and no more sleep…
6:00-6:20 AM Printing a quiz for my calculus classes to take today. Went through email and set up to record more lessons. My partner in crime was not in today, so I made sure that her sub had everything that is needed for the day.
6:20-7:20 AM Finished recording and editing my notes for calculus and will upload them during 1st period.
7:40-8:35 AM 1st period Calculus. Quiz day! The kids work in groups in my class, so they take quizzes in groups. I will have them talk about the problems and work together. When each group is done, they staple all the quizzes together and turn them in. When I grade them, I grade one problem per quiz, per kid. So all of the students must talk about their work for the benefit of the group. They will all get the same grade.
8:40-9:35 AM While the kids are working on quizzes I organize tonight’s notes into a playlist and set it up on my YouTube homepage. Also getting the feeling this may be a really difficult quiz…
9:35-10:00 AM helped a colleague get the sound working in his room. Finalized YouTube channel.
10:05-10:55 AM More grumbling about the quiz…I didn’t think it was too bad…hmmmmmm…..
10:55-12:35 PM Worked the key and made sure the quiz was doable…it is! Started grading the quizzes from this morning, but didn’t get very far. One of my calc kids heard a rumor about the quiz and spent her lunch with me working integration problems. Our parent organization sponsored lunch today – THANK YOU!!!! But I am eating and grading today…
12:35-1:30 PM Test coming up on Tuesday, so we are working on the review today. It’s interesting to me that when students are given a review, some of them work really hard on it, and some don’t…
1:35-2:20 PM That darn calc quiz….Lots of grumbles today. We may have re-asses the situation over the weekend. I do know that integration by parts can be very difficult.
2:25-4:40 PM Soccer practice/weightlifting! #winning!

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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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