I'm running a day behind! This post should have been completed on Friday, but things are a bit overwhelming right now. I'm hoping that once this trimester ends and a new one is started, things will settle down just a tad. For now, however, I'm doing good to keep myself one day ahead of my students. This "writing new curriculum every year" thing is starting to get a bit tiresome. I'm ready to teach the curriculum I write for more than one year before I have to change it again. I guess there is a plus to all this changing though; I don't have to worry about it becoming mundane.
I have discovered one other great advantage to teaching a new curriculum --- each day I'm learning something new. As I research project ideas or begin a new task, I'm finding at least one new thing I didn't know before. That fact excites me, yet scares me at the same time. Technology is changing so fast and at times can be pretty complex, so it comes as no surprise that I encounter something new quite often. That new knowledge is what keeps my brain functioning. If letting the brain become stagnant is a contributor to alzheimer's disease, it looks like I won't have to worry about getting it for a while. My brain is anything BUT stagnant at this point in time.
Writing this blog and reflecting on each week is a constant reminder to me how important my job is for my students. I can't let myself fall into a rut or keep teaching the same thing over and over because their future (and in essence, mine) is far too important. These are the adults of tomorrow, therefore it is important to see that they are educated well. After all, they will be the ones making the decisions when I'm old and gray. I love my job, and I love my students (even though there are days when I question "why"). Because of this, I want to make sure that I give them 100% of my absolute very best. Yes, I'm overwhelmed at times, but I wouldn't want it any other way.