I’m taking some time over break to reflect on my experiences so far in this first year. Technically the semester isn’t over yet (and I still don’t think it’s a good idea to have finals after break) but it seems like a natural time for a bit of introspection.
These are my realizations thus far:
I need to be more organized. I teach in three different classrooms and need to find a better way of keeping track of paper. Not that I’ve lost any papers (Temporarily misplaced? Yep). It’s just that I seem to be carrying around everything — just in case.
I need to find a way to motivate the seniors – especially as we move into second semester and their first experience with trigonometry. I’m not thrilled with the way this course is designed. First semester is primarily a review of what they’ve done before. It isn’t until second semester that they actually see new material.
I need to learn to say “no” to new projects. I think I’ve been spreading myself too thin.
I need to find a way to balance having high expectations for each student and not being totally devastated when my expectations aren’t met.
On a positive note: I think I’m doing a decent job of building relationships with my
studentslearners. I think they find me approachable and feel comfortable asking for help.
I also think I need to have more realistic expectations for myself. As much as I want to be a great teacher every day, I’m not sure how possible this is during the first year. As I have repeatedly been reminded recently – progress is good.