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A new school year

New school year? Geesh. New everything. So glad I got here over a month before school starts. I feel so unprepared for students next Wednesday it hurts. The only thing I do have ready is my “non-cash prize box”. It’s full of silly toys, stickers, and other random objects.



One thing that will help immensely is that Matt (teacher that’s been here for a year) is terribly organized and has given me a good road map to help prepare for this coming year. I’ve got a good scope and sequence laid out for me, now I have to start prepping for individual days. I don’t even have a syllabus started yet. Hoping to tackle that a bit today. I’ve got a good outline for day one, but have some materials still to create. Todays Thursday. Kids next Wednesday? Sure. I got this. Right…


Getting to know the International Baccalaureate (IB) program is not going well. I have a training on the Diploma Program (DP) scheduled for September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. School starts on the 1st. Yeah. That's not good. I'm currently sitting in a meeting having no clue what sort of proposal I'm supposed to be turning in before my training starts. I know I need to lean on Matt because he's been down this path, but I shouldn't be having to put extra work on his plate. Matt has reassured me he has it covered for now.


Grading is going to be VERY different teaching in the IB. No letter grades. A score of 1 to 7 for all summative assessments on each learning objective. At the end of a course students don’t get a letter grade, they get a 1 to 7 score. 3 is passing. There are several other major differences. Homework is consistent and plentiful, but is not graded. Students complete it consistently. What’s a bit odd is parents will ask for MORE. More than half of the students have a personal daily tutor. We’re being trained in how to tell parents no when they ask for more. Yeah, that’s a thing. I’ll definitely share more as I learn details about the IB program. It’s probably worth noting that the tuition here is steep. If your kids attend this school you have money. Lots of it.



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Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
Aug 29, 2022

I'm 100% with Big L on this... you got this! You have a heart for kids, learning, and your subject- you GOT THIS!

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Andy Donahue
Andy Donahue
Aug 26, 2022

A big difference I found in teaching IB math was in the grading. On a 4 step problem, if an IB student makes a small mistake on step 2 (lets say in solving an equation), but does steps 3 and 4 accurately based on that mistake, you don't mark all of steps 2 -4 wrong. You only mark step 2 wrong. This takes a lot more time in following their thinking all the way through. I also though it made more sense.

Once you get the first week under your belt (or likely even sooner) you'll realize that math is math and kids are kids, they just might be packaged a little bit differently.

Also - check out all of…


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Heresolong
Heresolong
Aug 25, 2022

Please, sir, I want some more.'


Mr Shick was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupified astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder; the boys with fear.


'What!' said Mr Shick at length, in a faint voice.


'Please, sir,' replied Oliver, 'I want some more.'


Mr Shick aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the protractor; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.


The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,


'Mr Limbkins, I beg your pardon,…


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David Shick!
David Shick!
Aug 29, 2022
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OMG. lulz. :)

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So, Nancy found some good IB math resources on Google, perhaps you can find some on their internet. Also, when you have time later, would be interested in what other subjects are taught and how they are taught in comparison to our school. Hang in there! You got this!

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