Wow, I can’t believe it is already the second week of December! The days flew by so quickly. It is true when they say that time flies when you’re having fun 🙂
Some updates: classes have been changed from 60-minute to 80-minute blocks. This particular change has been a great relief. My team and I felt as if we were rushing in our instruction, so it is wonderful to have the extra time to ensure quality instruction and learning in the classroom. However, the change in schedule also eliminated the afternoon elective programs. This means that the math teacher and I no longer have LEGOS Design in the afternoon. Even though those classes were noisy and chaotic, I will miss them a lot. It has been a lot of fun working with the girls on timed design challenges. They really worked hard together to brainstorm, problem-solve, and come up with creative designs. I keep meaning to put together an Animoto video of all of their work! Maybe I will have time over winter break to do so.
Before Thanksgiving break, my homeroom surprised me with birthday cards. It was a very sweet gesture, and truly made my day even more special. I have been with many of these girls since my first year of teaching at the school. It is amazing to see how much they have grown, physically and emotionally, over the past two years. It will be hard when I transfer to the boys’ side for the second semester, but I have no doubt that they will adapt to the change and do well with the new social studies teacher.
Just before I was boarding my flight home to see family for Thanksgiving, I received a very surprising email from the National Science Teacher Association.
Holy cow! It was a very pleasant surprise, and nicely-timed birthday gift. Notifications were supposed to be made back in September, so when I didn’t receive anything back then, I had written it off in my head. Needless to say, I rushed into my principal’s office and did a happy dance.
To date, I have already attended 2 phone conferences and am in daily contact with my mentor. I love her to pieces! She is such a fountain of knowledge. It is truly a great honor and a blessing to be selected as one of the NSTA New Science Teacher Fellows for 2012-2013. I can’t wait to attend the conference in the spring!
UPDATE: Here is the official announcement from The Wall Street Journal: 2012-2013 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Fellows Announced
Tomorrow, my significant other comes home from deployment. It has been tough these past few months without him, but it is always a joyful and sweet homecoming when he returns. I pray for a safe flight for him, and I can’t wait to have him back home with us. I am very grateful for the many blessings in my life this year—a wonderful career, supportive administration and a great team, the opportunity to learn more and become a more effective champion science teacher through the NSTA2 teacher fellowship, the love of family and friends, and the safe return of my military man.
I hope you, my teacher friends, enjoy these ten or so days before winter break. It can get quite hectic as we try to squeeze in that last bit of teaching before the holidays. Let’s not forget to take the time to look around, and truly appreciate and celebrate what we have, and what is around us 🙂