I have had a horrible time the last couple of years with keeping my blog going during the school year. I’m hoping that a regular schedule will keep me on track. (fingers crossed)

Students come back on 8/25, and right now, all I have set for sure is my first two days (I’m on block schedule, so that’s one class day).

# PAP Geometry

I plan to do mostly what I did on the first day last year. I will have my desks grouped into fours (I may or may not use the pinwheel arrangement I used last year–I can’t decide). I will use TheHat to randomly sort the students into groups. My biggest concern is that right now, my 5th period (Tuesday morning) has 42(!) students, and I only have 33 desks.

As a 9th grade teacher, I will have access to a Chromebook cart of 30. Assuming they get my class of 42 down to a reasonable number, I still have an average of 31 students per class, so I’m trying to persuade TPTB that I need more than 30 Chromebooks. They’ve said that they will try. In any event, on the first day, I’m going to use the Chromebooks every which way, and since I had so many links for so many different things, it occurred to me to put a post on my class site to walk them through. They will:

- Enter their student information into a google form.
- Use another google form to enter their work on my penny floor problem.
- Have the option to read online an excerpt from one of my favorite books,
*Have Spacesuit, Will Travel*by Robert Heinlein. I will also have printouts. - After reading the excerpt, use another google form to answer questions about the excerpt.

If I have any time left, I’ll talk about the course outline, class rules, etc.

# Astronomy

Because my district has formulated an actual scope and sequence, I’m going to have to rearrange things from how I first had them laid out. What won’t change is my first day plan.

Like Geometry, I will have them in groups of four, and like Geometry, we will be using the Chromebooks most of the period (fortunately, I only have two classes back-to-back both days–I’m not sure what the battery life will be). I also set up a new class site, and a post will give them all of the links they need to do the following:

- Student information form
- Edmodo setup
- Blendspace setup
- Mastering Astronomy (run by Pearson)
- Desmos

I will then go over the class rules and procedures. When we finish all of that, we will be doing one of my favorite Astronomy introductions, making a “pocket solar system” using adding machine tape.

That’s my first class day planned out. This coming week is all of our inservice stuff. Since I am now officially in two departments, I’m going to have to do some juggling. I had already planned to skip our district math PD because that’s when *we astronomy teachers* will be getting together, but I found out today that science and math are having their campus department meetings at the same time. That day, I’ll probably need to wear my math hat.