Reflecting on year 3.

plush-design-studio-483666-unsplashWhew. This past year was a complete whirlwind. And even though I had hoped to blog/tweet more about my adventure in 7th grade, it just didn’t happen. AT ALL.  But that’s kind of par for the course in my life right now.

Wanna know something?

I just finished my third year of teaching, and I kind of hate telling people that. Normally people at my age already have around 10 years of experience, so I can feel kind of behind. BUT– that’s not my story and I’m learning to be ok with it. Either way, I know I’m learning and growing each year… and hoping that next year I’ll be better than the year before.

 

A little update.

Middle school teachers, I salute you! This was my first year teaching middles and it was just not at all what I expected. Suffice it to say, I did not love it. I learned a lot, and I’m thankful for that. I’m glad I tried it, and now I don’t have to wonder. But I’m also thankful to be headed back to 9-12 next year!

Even though this past year wasn’t exactly the year I had hoped for, I did learn and experience some great things along the way.

 

Here’s some highlights from year 3.

  • The Open Up Resources/IM Curriculum is amazing. Seriously. I loved using it and collaborating with the awesome community online.
  • I gave my first presentation at ACTM (Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Fall Forum and I’m so glad I did it! I definitely tried to talk myself out of it a few times, but it was a great experience. Hoping to do it again this year!
  • Collaborating with my new(ish) friend and colleague, Keri Flowers. She works at the university in my town, and her partnership has been an absolute game changer for me. Thanks for the endless support and encouragement, Keri! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for two math nerds like us.
  • And last but NOT least, I survived my first year as a working mom. Our little buddy did awesome at daycare, and we tried to make the best of our afternoons & weekends together. (Although don’t ask me how the cooking, cleaning, meal-planning went.)

 

Once again, I’m hoping to stay more connected to the awesome teacher community online this next year but we’ll see what actually happens when real life kicks back in. Here’s to soaking in the summer days–filled with toddler chasing, reheating coffee, and staying in my pajamas as much as possible.

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