Having a real problem over the past month or so keeping my head in this year. This is a pretty common failing at this point of the year, especially when doing year long classes. You are at the 3/4 mark and probably through 7/8 of the curriculum because of leaving time to review before EOCs. So I guess it is natural to do so, and I definitely have started to think a lot about next year.
Part of it is that I teach at an amazing school with ridiculously supportive administration. We were shortly after Christmas break to list a few wishes for next year, and everyone was encouraged to come up with a "dream" course or as the internet might have it now, a stretch goal.
I listed two, figuring there was no way that they would really get considered.
I was wrong though and so next year I will likely be teaching a high school level Intro to Organic and Biochemistry course. First off, I think this fits in well with our school, we have a lot of kids who have the desire to go into medicine, biology and chemical engineering. That being the case, since Organic is a classic weedout course, this will only help our students.
Plus, it will be a heck of a lot of fun to teach, I'm looking forward to a lot of labs and some cool discussions about molecules that affect their daily lives. But then I started looking around for some others teaching such a class and there aren't a ton. I saw Adrian Dingle's page for his Organic class and it was pretty intimidating (in a good way, as most of his stuff is) and it really hit me how much work I have to do to pull this off.
Oh, and I'm teaching AP Chemistry next year after a year without it and brand new standards next year....
I honestly just want to start prepping videos and planning for next year right now, but I only have 12 or so more class sessions with my APES class before their AP test, about the same for Biology before their EOC....
Good thing I don't have hair to begin with.
Don't get me wrong, it is a good anxiousness, the feeling of wanting to do your best, to be the best, for some of the best kids ever. But it is still daunting.