After only two successful full weeks of Teacher Assisting and two weeks cluttered with five snow days, I officially start teaching my very own unit tomorrow. I. Am. Terrified. Or, at least I should be. I’m not really sure why, but I today I have had a strange sense of calmness about tomorrow, and I’m actually really excited. Maybe it’s because my partner and I get to debut what we have been working on for the past couple of weeks. Are you ready? FOLD-CABULARY! Okay, so maybe I came up with the cheesy name, (which, by the way, has yet to be claimed by any source on Google.) but it is a way for the students to keep track of their Geometry vocab for the unit and I am really excited about it. To get a feel for why the “Fold” part of Foldcabulary makes sense, here’s a picture:
So basically, we will have the students write each vocab word on a tab of paper all with a picture explaining the word, and on the reverse side of the paper will be the definition. And then you FOLD it all together! Genius, we know. Unfortunately, we cannot take credit for all of the genius behind this credit. You can find the basis for this awesome idea at this link:
Dominic and I are extremely lucky to have such an awesome CT that is willing to give us such independence and allow us to teach this early in the semester. By doing this, we will each get to teach at least 2 units this semester. Right now, Dominic will be teaching first block and I will have second. I am so excited and a little nervous, but I’m really excited to get this first lesson out of the way. I’m really going to focus on classroom management, because I’m pretty sure these bundles of joy are going to try to push the limits once the “new teachers” are in charge. I hope they are ready to learn about the wondrous world of Geometry! Because everyone loves Geometry, right?
“Much of education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.”
John W. Gardner