Counting days seems to play an everyday role in our classrooms. We count days until winter break, we count the first 100 days of the school year, and we count down the days till the end of the school year. I will be honest I have a count down in my room, but in my head I am already thinking of ways to improve my classroom for next year.
This was the second year where I was given the assignment of two different prep periods. My youngest sister, who teaches 1st grade, shrugged it off with an “I teach all subjects” type of reply. My younger sister, who taught elementary and now subs to be able to spend more time with her kids, laughed with a “You are so up for the challenge” reply. How I felt at the end of the 1st quarter was worn out, almost like being that first year teacher all over.
I pulled myself together and started to put together my unit notebooks. If I was going to be the best I could be I needed to be prepared. I scoured the internet for ideas, talked to the other teachers in my department who were the masters of 7th grade history, and finally sat down to plan it out. Our district has grabbed on to the ideas of Solution Tree, and as a department we are crafting our CFAs and CSAs which were a big help to me, giving me direction and a timeline for topics to be covered. Now at the end of the 2nd year of teaching both 7th and 8th grade I am able to spend some time as I pack my room to reflect on what worked, and what should be recycled.