As someone who loves reading recommendation posts from other people, I thought I would throw together some of the top things I enjoyed in 2017 for all of you!
My two phrases for this year were “action over inaction” and “prime number, prime life” (2,017 is a prime number). I really loved reflecting on both of these phrases over the course of this year. The first prompted me to take the plunge on some things that I normally would have held back on, and to in general just get more things done this year. The second made me consider a lot of things about what makes something a “prime life” and what I actually have control over to make that happen. I’m a bit bummed that I have to wait until 2027 to have another prime number, prime life year! Both of these phrases kind of came to me spontaneously on New Year’s Eve last year and have turned out to put me on a great path for a great year. I’m hoping that happens again this New Year’s Eve…look for a “2018 motto” post in January if it does!
I’ve chosen a few categories, some professional, some personal, from which to share my top fives with you all.
- I bought my first house and have tackled many adult things that go along with it – a new dryer, painting rooms, water bill errors, getting electrical things fixed, regularly mowing a lawn / shoveling a driveway, etc.
- Started grad school (Masters in Mathematics – Secondary Education from the University of Northern Iowa)
- In January, I began serving as a model teacher in my district in the areas of Activities & Materials and Academic Feedback
- I have not drunk pop all year – with the exception of an attempt to get rid of a horrendous migraine in May that I ended up going to the doctor for, so I think that one was justified. It’s incredible how much better I sleep and feel!
- I’ve read 84 books this year (with 4 days still left to go during which I do not have to work or do grad school things), which is a record since I started recording my books read in 2011!
- Our superintendent noticed and passed on positive comments about my “Mathematicians Can Be” bulletin board to several district heads and my principal.
- I was asked to be a part of a focus group in our district discussing how building positive relationships and trust with students happens, partly due to this blog post I wrote!
- At the end of my fourth year of teaching, I got to watch several students graduate who were freshmen in my first ever classes that I taught. This was a particularly emotional experience because they were so kind and patient and helpful during my first few months when I was anxious and stressed and overwhelmed and made mistakes all the time instead of just occasionally and really in general had no idea what I was doing. I miss them but I’m very proud of them.
- I got to attend the graduation ceremony for a former student who completed an intensive welding program on a scholarship from Deere & Co and who has enormous potential moving forward in his life after struggling a lot to start high school off.
- I created and ran a blogging challenge for our district that was small but mighty and reflective!
Books – (read my quarterly book recommendation posts here)
- Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
- What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
- Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
- Ambitions – One OK Rock
- Flicker – Niall Horan
- Last Young Renegade – All Time Low
- Harry Styles – Harry Styles
- Lovely Little Lonely – the Maine
- Miss You – Louis Tomlinson
- Mirrors – Niall Horan
- Slow Burn – State Champs
- Nightmares – All Time Low
- Most Girls – Hailee Steinfeld
- Around the World and Back Tour (Against The Current / Don Broco / With Confidence / State Champs) – Concord Music Hall, Chicago
- Lovely Little Lonely World Tour (the Mowglis / Beach Weather / the Maine) – House of Blues, Chicago
- Young Renegades Tour (the Wrecks / SWMRS / Waterparks / All Time Low) – Uptown Theater, Kansas City
- Flicker Sessions (Gavin James / Niall Horan) – Rosemont Theatre, Chicago
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert (Quad City Symphony Orchestra) – Adler Theater, Davenport
- My niece, Joanna, was born in January. I also got to nanny her for the entire summer and sing her One Direction’s “If I Could Fly” when she went down for her naps every day.
- One of my best friends from college, Kate, got married this summer and I was a bridesmaid!
- I took a spring break trip with two of my college best friends, Ali and Cat, to New Orleans in March
- The solar eclipse! Having a celebration in the school parking lot and nerding out about how it all worked and feeling so unified with people across the country was incredible.
- Attending the Turtles All The Way Down tour for John Green’s new book, featuring his brother Hank. Singing “we’re here because we’re here” and “Sweet Caroline” (without the ba ba bas) was a moment that I think of often because of how together with everyone else in that room I felt, and the hope and optimism that I left with that night.
- Mathematicians Can Be bulletin board
- Printing on graph paper
- rename asymptotes
- Thanksgiving Wreath
- slope intercept dice
- Mathematicians Can Be Bulletin Board (308 views)
- Algebra 1 Unit 1 Interactive Notebooks (219 views)
- Slope Intercept Form Dice Activity! (204 views)
- Celebrating Every day (#teach180 2016-2017) (106 views)
- Honestly, The Math is Secondary (102 views)