Since I have been in my district, I have been involved in some type of curriculum writing committee each year…8th grade math, Algebra 1, 7th grade math and this year, Geometry. I love it. Sometimes I dislike the format we need to fit things into, but I love organizing units, seeing how it all fits together (or how it should fit together) and finding activities and resources to hit those topics the best. I spend my summers going through my files, tossing, keeping and replacing to better reach my students. I use the internet, Twitter and my Blog reader to find new methods, activities and ideas. It excites me and I love watching it play out in the classroom. I love the ability to improve a lesson for 8th and 9th period if it fell flat during 7th. I love being able to change it all again for the following year to make it even better. I think I am crazy to enjoy it. Are there others out there like me?
With the changes to what I am doing next year, I won’t be teaching Geometry so I can’t fix what I didn’t like this year. And because I won’t have my own classes, I won’t really have much planning to do over the summer. It’s like a whole new world for me and it’s scary, but it will be a good learning experience, a challenge and a change. Being an Interventionist will be quite a change from the daily grind of teaching, but I want to go into it with an open mind because it’s a situation that I can gain a lot from, the students I will work with will be able to teach me a lot and I look forward to helping them learn and learning along with them.