Monday, January 7, 2019

Pressing the Pause Button

I meant to be a better participant in the last #flipblogs challenge, but...well, you

Since my last post, life has led to some unexpected changes.

I am on leave.

The week before Thanksgiving was my last week in the classroom. One of my former students is covering my leave.

Things have felt very weird, but I'm beginning to settle into my current "normal."

My videos now have a new use, as I am sending links to my sub so that she can see how I would approach content. She has posted my videos for test review, and she would also like to post my videos for students who have been absent.

I have many goals for my time at home, and some of that includes reflecting on and learning how to improve as a teacher when I return to the classroom. I have joined Angela Watson's 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club (I can dream, right?) to work through her material and make plans to improve efficiency.

I don't know what I'll have to blog about in the next few months, but who knows? I might have something I want to talk about from time to time.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Price You Pay #flipblogs

Last week I gloated about being on Fall Break.

I did, however, make a prediction that the school week would likely "hit me like a ton of bricks" (it's been known to happen before).

I was right.

Well, I'm not sure I felt hit this week, but I did feel off-kilter all week. I couldn't get in gear. I was doing stuff all week, but I'm not sure I accomplished much of anything.

The kids seemed a bit off-kilter, too.

I seldom turn school completely "off," even on breaks. It happened during Fall Break. I couldn't even remember some student names on Monday.

So when Monday came, and I had to do all the school stuff - lesson plans, finish grades for the grading period, plan, make videos, accommodate, you name it - I never could find my groove.

My parents always said, "If you're gonna dance, you gotta pay the fiddler."

I thoroughly enjoyed my Fall Break, and this week I had to pay up.

There are several other things that could be mentioned about the week: our school-wide, community-building "Hey! Day" activities that were fun and beneficial and the lesson that flopped (again) come to mind. But they really all contribute to the off-kilter week, so I'll spare everyone the novel-of-a-blog-post.

Friday, October 12, 2018

It's Fall Break! #flipblogs

It's Fall Break! And another #flipblogs challenge!

I'm thankful for the new challenge. It will hopefully keep me blogging regularly through the end of the year. And it's only once a week. I can do that, right?

Since it's been Fall Break, I really have nothing to vent about. I'm pretty rested and relaxed. "Chill," even.

I started the break with a trip to my favorite place on Earth (the Smoky Mountains) and have ended the week with some much-needed slow time at home.

I planned for the Monday return to school before I left last week, and I didn't bring any grading home with me.

I'll shift back into school-mode Sunday afternoon and evening.

And then next week will hit me like a ton of bricks, LOL.

But I've been thankful for the time to recharge and time with family. It will be a huge help in getting me to the end of First Semester and Christmas Break.