Miss Bennett in the Bay

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Aug 01 2009

Start Your Engines

I start my training for my new charter school on Monday. We have an entire month before school starts to plan, build a staff culture, and get our classrooms ready.

I could not be more excited. I’ve spent my summer reading books about teaching (including The Cornerstone for Teachers, The High Trust Classroom, and What Great Teachers Do Differently.) I’ve re-vamped my classroom management strategy, thought about ways to lay out my classroom, and considered organization strategies for 80 students (because I’m only teaching math, I’ll have 4 times the students than I’m used to.) I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get started!

The thing I’m most looking forward to is seeing the difference that this month of planning will make. Last summer, Jess and I spent the month of August planning as well, but I feel there is a substantial difference in those two things. Last year, our goal during August was to make the beginning of school not suck like it had in our first year. While this may be an admirable goal for a new teacher, it’s certainly not the pinnacle of good teaching. I’m excited to collaborate with the other teachers at my school in an authentic way. And I really can’t wait to put into practice all of those things I’ve learned from my books.

So, it’s the last real weekend of summer for me. Scott and I are off for a hike today, and tomorrow we’re going to check out The Lake Merritt Lakefest with Jess. After this, it’s work, work, work!

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