A new school year is in full swing. This means a slew of new experiences for even me, an undergraduate high school tutor working (for no pay) in the Bay Area.
For starters, I've gone from shadowing in an Oakland Algebra I and Geometry classroom to doing odd-jobs at a charter 8th-12th high school in Berkeley. Coincidentally, one of those odd-jobs consists of shadowing in a 10th grade Algebra II class. I feel like I've been promoted alongside Mr. G.'s students from last year.
I'll have plenty of stories to share about this charter school later.
For now, I just wanted to say that I stand before you all, absolutely humbled.
I've formally tutored for a good 5 years now. In those years, never have I written a single lesson plan. None. Nada. Zilch.
That being said, I sat down to write my very first one five hours ago. Granted, I've had a week to do this and it's been on my mind for that long... so it's kind of like I've been working on it for a week. In my head.
Now, five hours after the sitting-down part of the lesson plan-writing process, I've come up with the following:
Objective: Learn how to identify graphs of corresponding equations with rational exponents.
...yup. That's it.
And let me tell you, I've been graciously provided resource after resource -- worksheets to fill in my "Objective" and "Materials Needed" and "Students' Prior Knowledge"; instructions on the 5E Lesson Plan; an entire Algebra II student textbook; website after website of complicated (and boring) suggestions -- but I can't come up with a single, comprehensive lecture or activity.
I've taught, I've bonded with, graded, and even disciplined students. But this -- this lesson planning -- is foreign territory. I have a compass, but no map. And certainly no GPS.
Best regards to the experimental class who will be the first to experience Lesson Plan à la April.