Thursday, September 13, 2012

Moving Forward

Last week came and went before I was ready, and now I'm playing catch-up (not to be confused with ketchup - tee hee hee)! It was such a strange week because Monday was a holiday and Friday was an all-day-in-service day for teachers. That meant I only had students for three days! THREE days! Oh to be a kid again! I could easily get used to three-day-work weeks! So here it is, the end of another week, and I'm trying to reflect on two weeks instead of my usual one.

All in all the year is going quite smoothly so far. Almost too smoothly that it is somewhat scary.  Sure, we had some technology frustrations, but over all, things are going quite well. I think it helps that a good percentage of my students have had me before. Those kids know what I expect of them and that makes my job so much easier. It can't continue can it? Isn't that wishful thinking? I've taught long enough that I know a dream when I'm in one, so I keep waiting for the hammer to fall.

Each day is bringing about a whole new set of challenges. The change we made from having student accounts on the district server to having student accounts stored on individual flash drives is certainly solving most of the log in issues, but it is definitely creating a whole new set of problems. If I hear "I forgot my flash drive" one more time, I cannot be held responsible for my actions. I have tried to equate not bringing a flash drive with not wearing pants, but even than analogy hasn't phased them. What part of "you HAVE to have it" do they not understand?

Along with having to face a few technology issues, writing curriculum on the fly is another great challenge. I'm the type of person who likes to know, well in advance, what is going on ahead of time. I don't like feeling unprepared. But at the of each day I find myself scrambling for something to do in class the next day. Just typing that sentence makes me shudder! That is so unlike me. But I'm managing. And so far I'm pretty pleased with what I've come up with. At least I haven't lost the ability to think creatively. I just take it one day at a time. I'll keep moving forward. And when I get to the end, I know I will have done the very best that I possibly could for my students and for myself.

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