Week 1 of the 2016 #MTBoS Blogging Initiative
I stumbled across the #MTBoS blogging initiative on Twitter. Here's a little insight into my first day of the Spring 2016 semester.
7 am: Wake up, get ready to take the day on, and drank a pot of coffee.
8 am: Rode my bike to school (in the rain because I live in Oregon).
9 am: Checked my e-mail. Drank more coffee.
9:30 am: Planned my Number Talks for my Math 211 & Math 212 classes. I read a chapter of Number Talks Matter.
10 am: Worked on my group's PME-NA research report. Made tea.
11 am: Skyped a research group I am working with. Learned one of the members of the group lost her purse and was running behind. We decided to call each other back in hour. I used this "unplanned" time to work on some of the data analysis for our group. I organized one of our Excel spreadsheets, added some formulas, and looked at the data.
noon: Skyped the research group. We compared and negotiated codes for our project.
1:30 pm: Organized the supplies for my class on a cart.
2 pm: Taught my first class of Math 211 at George Fox University. This class meets every Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm. The students are Freshmen majoring in Elementary Education. This is the first math content class for their major.
4 pm: Finished teaching and realized that I forgot to eat today. Walked to the Human Bean to order a latte (I unfortunately always choose lattes over food). Instead, I ordered a drink called a "Lumberjack" (only in Oregon). Then, I walked back to my office and finally ate my breakfast/lunch/dinner.
5 pm: Talked to my husband on the phone.
6 pm: Taught my first class of Math 212 at George Fox University. This class meets every Monday night from 6 to 10 pm. My students in this class are mostly non-traditional students, also majoring in Elementary Education. It was exciting to to see them enjoy their first number talk (see picture above). We solved some great algebraic problems and they presented their solutions. Although 4 hours is a long time for math class, they did a great job doing math. We may have enjoyed math more because pne of the student brought the awesome coffee (from Saudia Arbia) and treats you see below.
10:30 pm: Rode my bike home (in the rain again).
10:45 pm: Said goodnight to my husband.
11 pm: I felt guilty about not working on a grant proposal I am submitting. Although irrational, I decided I needed to write for an hour before going to bed and I wrote for an hour.
12:15 am: I went to bed. AMEN!