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My Last Year Teaching

As I am winding down on the plan to retire in another year, I find that I am particularly excited about fully enjoying that time, and working to make it the Best Year Ever!

In that vein, I find myself writing down more of my process, including mapping out the units, with labs, and reflecting on how well (or not) it worked.

I have been working ruthlessly, both at home and at school, to weed out outdated curriculum, better organize the materials and equipment I have, and to prepare to leave with all things done.


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