I titled this post accordingly, since I have been prepping for the 2011/2012 school year for awhile. In general, I am always trying to build upon what I work on with my classes and improve as a teacher. Specifically, I have been “game planning” specifics since I was told which courses I would probably be teaching in late May.
My plan was to scale back last year’s student class orientation from the two week monstrosity it became to a nice clean and concise three day roll out. I am only introducing Edmodo, Gaggle email, and Edublogs as hands on tools right now. Google Docs and possibly Evernote will be rolled out once we start working with books and documents. Anything else will be dealt with on an as needed basis throughout the year.
Anyways…away we go…
Today was an intentionally slow day, handed out class rules for students to bring back signed, reviewed the rules, discussed how we use the iPods and iPad in class, talked about what topics we would be covering, and from my third class on introduced Cel.ly. Cel.ly is the new group text notification tool that I will be using this year. I will discuss Cel.ly in another post sometime soon.
One reason for starting slow is that the students are still fine tuning their schedules. I have had several students added to my classes, and one entire class missed their class period due to a Junior Class meeting. Most students SHOULD have their schedule changes completed by Wednesday at the latest. Another reason is that I have many students for the first time this year. It is important for them to be able to ask questions and get an idea what we will be doing before jumping in. Admittedly, there were few questions from new students, but a good number of questions came from past students. The most prevalent was whether or not I would be pulled out to be the district’s Technology Integrator again. I do not know if they were hoping the answer would be “yes” or “no.”
By this evening, a small number of people have signed up for my Cel.ly groups, which is a good sign. I have everything for tomorrow set up in Edmodo. I am hoping tomorrow’s iPod roll out goes smoothly, that is the key for moving into actual class work in the next few days.
I hope to post a review of tomorrow’s activities by Wednesday morning.