It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the start of the 2017-18 school year. But, we all knew that summer had to end at some point! Over the past week, I have been actively working to get students' lessons ready well ahead of the materials being needed instead of only working on them on demand. And, for the moment at least, I believe I am ready for most classes through the first semester. Will things change? Of course, they always do! But it feels good to be ahead of the curve for once.
On a related note, we held the DSA open house a couple of days ago which allowed me to speak with returning #dsaGAD students and meet my new students who are coming into the program. They all seem as excited to start the new year as I am. While I am mainly teaching classes I have taught before, I am excited to be piloting the new Fundamentals of Design & Animation. This update to the Sci Vis curriculum is LONG overdue and while it still needs a bit of massaging to be great, it's got an amazing skeleton for learning goals and material!
One final thing I want to mention is the addition of two new resources for students at DSA. The school is finally stepping into the current millennium with its use of social media. We have added a couple of news resources in the form of a new DSA Facebook page as well as a Twitter handle for @DSA_DurhamNC. If you haven't connected with one or both of these resources, I recommend doing so. It will allow you to get all the latest news about what is going on at school in the fastest possible manner!
But now, it's time to do some more prep for this week. I can't wait to see everyone tomorrow!
It's that time of year again when students realize they need to begin their summer assignments as the break is quickly drawing to a close. And, like our students, teachers begin turning their attention back to the classroom as well. In less than a week, teacher workdays begin and while I look forward to seeing my coworkers again, as well as making the acquaintance of new teachers, I cannot help but feel the pressure to prepare for the upcoming year beginning to rear its ugly head. Early morning wake-ups to start working on lessons and organization are the rule of thumb for most teachers at this point. Unlike some people (you know who you are), I have worked a little here and there doing class preparation work throughout the summer, trying my best to get ahead of the curve while still taking some personal "me-time". One thing that made this a little easier on me was having the house all to myself as my wife decided to take a seven week trip to visit her family in Germany. It's been quiet, though I can honestly say I am ready for her to return. And even though I did get a lot done, both personally and professionally, I feel I could have done more. I have a habit of over-pushing myself until I collapse from exhaustion with little-to-no motivation to do anything outside of mentally rejuvenate before I start the vicious cycle all over again. This summer was no different.
So, what exactly did I accomplish this summer? Here's the big list:
I hope your summer has been equally productive (and relaxing) as mine. I look forward to seeing all my returning students and meeting the families of my new students in just a couple of weeks. And, if you are one of those students who is just starting their summer assignments...it's crunch time.
Good luck, enjoy these last two weeks and I will see you all VERY soon!
I am a high school Career & Technical Education (CTE) teacher located in Durham, NC with a focus on game art and design. This blog provides a place for reflection on relevant classroom practices.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent those of my employer or anyone else associated with Durham Public Schools.