Nearly one year ago, I accepted a job as curriculum and technology director in the district I had taught high school geometry and statistics in for six years.
Everyone once in a while I hear someone suggesting that administrators should also be part-time teachers or should at the very least teach a lesson once in a while to be reminded what it feels like to be in the trenches. I decided to walk the walk and give it a try...in my old classroom. (Thanks Mrs. R. for your willingness to give up the reigns for one class period!)
Before I reflect a bit on this experience, I want to provide a bit of context.
- The statistics class I taught today was comprised of students who choose to take this elective course.
- Approximately 50% of the students in the class were familiar with my personality and teaching style because they'd had me as an instructor previously.
- Because I've taught this course previously, I had an idea of some of the common misconceptions students might have related to this topic.
- I visited this same classroom the day before for approximately 45 minutes to get a feel for the classroom culture and procedures.
- Today was basically the first day of the last half of the class. It was the day students would transition from thinking about statistics as purely descriptive to inferential as well.