Archive for August 2010
I got hit with so much new stuff this year that I’m overwhelmed before even beginning. We have a couple new science teachers, my Conceptual Physics class is being shifted to a new teacher. I’m not sad about that, although I love teaching the “adapted” class, they are the kids that work the hardest and generally love the hands-on work I do. I will miss that group. I have three sections of Physics, and for the first time, juniors will be allowed to double up on science and take my class. This means I can possibly have a second year physics course next year. I think I’m going to ask my administrator to change the name of the course to Physics I, thus hinting at a Physics II. Progress, definitely.
I also got asked to teach Calculus. This will be the first time our school has the course, and I will have the best 14 math/science students in the senior class. Like many of you, I haven’t touched the subject since college (specifically 1982 – my sophomore year). Yes, I’m certified in math and physics, but Calculus is not Algebra. These are great kids and I don’t want to let them down.
I also have a new elective this year; Robotics & Astronomy. We are starting the year with the robots since I’ve also taken over the boy’s varsity soccer coaching position. I’m hoping the workload for this class won’t be too bad, I have at least an idea of what we are doing with the robots.
I can’t even imagine what it is like coming back to no new courses or challenges? It must be boring.