Moving back to greener pastures.Next year I'm returning to my previous school. Leaving an overseas post, a great pay check and a school that I perceive to be in a pretty deep rut.
[Insert self-pitying rant on the failures of my current school].
This is my third school... I'm burned out. Tired. Frustrated. And still loving it when the light goes on and my kids get a tough concept.
IB it's not you. It's me?
With a senior class who doesn't have a single IB student likely to score above the world average and 25% of whom are likely to fail the diploma... reflection comes quick and often.
Looking over past posts as reminders of what went well (or not so well) I came across this at the bottom of a post about the unit circle.
Reflections: To be honest I don't know where the stage for this success was first set [...]. While having all the mathematical tools needed [...] is necessary I don't think it's sufficient. Two more pieces were needed:
- Students feeling the freedom to tackle a problem with different methods, thus allowing them to see problems in the context that is most natural to them.
A year after teaching that lesson on the Unit Circle I still believe those two pieces were the key to one of my most successful class periods in 10 years of teaching (and most other successes I've had).
- Students being trained to solve new tough problems not simply repeating steps that the teacher has demonstrated on a whiteboard.
Those two pieces seem to be in stark contrast to the demands of the IB and other standardized test based programs.