Thursday, May 26, 2016

Needing to debrief #MTBoS30 - 26

Today was our last class day.
We still have 4 exam days.

Teachers finalize the checkout procedure a week from tomorrow.

This is my last year to teach.
I've been dismantling my room, and giving away the parts and pieces.

JM diligently removed each staple from the many posters on the walls.

I offered students the opportunity to take any of the mini-poster quoteables and then I was surprised when they sorted through them, read every one of them, and claimed a few for themselves!

I posted pictures of supplies, stacking trays, a hanging file folder organizer, boxes for holding class sets of folders, posters and more in email to the math department.

By the end of the day most of my school supplies had new homes.

Tomorrow I'll check in most of my technology ... reserving my laptop and calculators until the last day.

While students worked in groups to review for their exam, helped me dismantle my room, I conversed with a teacher new to our school.  She had questions, reflecting on the ending of her first year, and asking for ideas about ways to make the next year begin more smoothly.

So as the chaos in my room calmed down, I spent an hour or two putting together a planning document for her.  I emphasized how I use the MTBoS search engine before a unit to learn how others address the upcoming topic.  I linked to a few favorite blog posts to show her specific places to look for good ideas for her Algebra 1 class.  I also put together a few sample activities that she could use in her first weeks.  I put all of this in a Google Folder and shared it with her.

It's my last year ... but I am not done.  I thoroughly enjoy planning with others ... helping them find resources.

So as my room is being dismantled and my supplies finding new homes, I'm looking for ways to continue sharing resources!

Retirement is looking so very amazing ... but "school" runs in my veins!


  1. Congrats and Best to You! Keep posting! AZ

    1. Thank you. I want to still write ... may have to rethink the blog.

  2. Wow! Didn't realize you were retiring. Will miss your posts and ideas.

    1. 36 years - it's time. and thank you. I still want to blog ... not sure how that will play out.

  3. Wow, Beth. 36 years?! And you are still innovative, passionate, and invested. You are truly an inspiration to us all! Thank you for all that you have shared over the years. I have stolen much and appreciated it all. Happy Retirement!

    1. Thank you ... and I hope to still share more to steal :) I am stopping (hate the word "quitting") while I am still passionate, invested. Don't want to wait until I'm burned out, grumpy to 'quit.!'

  4. Congrats on your retirement!! You know I bet you could do consulting work for the district or just for teachers or PLCs if you wanted to. You always had great ideas for the classroom!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! I am thinking about consulting. Just not sure how to get started. I would especially like to work with teachers who are needing some encouragement and ideas to help them do well.


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