After watching Simon Sinek’s TED Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”, I started looking at different aspects of my life, including my teaching, in a whole new way using his Golden Circle. Instead of starting with What? or How?, start by asking asking Why?
This year three brand new teachers joined our department, all starting with that old basic Algebra 1. Seeing them struggling long hours to put together effective lesson plans and tests, I again began to wonder Why?
This Algebra 1 Starter Unit is meant to make the week or two BEFORE the school year starts a little easier. It’s hard enough figuring out how to work the copy machine and trying to sort out passwords, so here is some “busy work” made a little easier. Included are Work Day Checklist, Bell Schedule, Seating Charts, Sample 3 Day Schedule, Math History, Homework Tracker, Your Class Schedule, Book Check Out List, and sample Algebra 1 Syllabus.
Don’t forget to check in through the year to check out the Algebra Chapters including class notes, lesson plan problems with rationales and common mistakes, quizzes, and tests. You pick and choose, add your own personality, and most of all enjoy those first few years rather than suffer!