Day -7: “…What Summer?”

We’re winding down from our first day of District Planning. I see another teacher who I’m friendly with and ask them, “How was your summer?” to which they reply (deadpan, of course): “What summer?”

That about sums it up.

In some ways, I’m ready to go back. I’m ready to meet the new kiddos. I’m ready to catch up with the old kiddos (many of whom will be in my class for a second year, some who will not, but who will be across the hall). I’m ready to figure out which kiddos have transferred and to get in touch with their current teachers (all the while ignoring whether this is a healthy practice or not). I’m ready to continue planning with a fantastic curriculum partner and amazing math and science team. But it does seem like the summer has gone away all too soon.

Photo: Planning Notes

Planning NotesAlthough this day is technically a District Professional Development Day, we’re allowed to use it to start planning how we want to start our year (through the lens of Complex Instruction). Curriculum Partner (whose notes are shown above) did a fantastic job of getting people talking and planning, sometimes in large groups, sometimes in small groups. It is pretty amazing to have all 7 of our math and science teachers working in the same space at the same time.


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