This precious weekend is the only thing standing between us and a brand new school year -- and I do not feel ready quite yet. But the good news is that I don't feel ready for very good reasons.
In previous years, my class has been my class and everyone else could do whatever they wanted. We didn't really collaborate, and no other adults ever came in my room. So I knew that if I wanted to wait to lesson plan until the night (or hour) before, I could. If I wanted to rethink my unit plan half-way through, I could. If I wanted to totally change the way some system in my class works, I could. This year, the Algebra teachers are all working together, I have two special education co-teachers, and a student teacher intern. All of this is great -- it will mean tons of support, collaboration, and help for the kids -- but it means I have to get my stuff done early, get buy-in and feedback, and really step up my game. In short, I have to learn to play well with others. And I am nowhere near ready for that yet.
That lack of readiness aside, I'm happy with the way things are coming together. I know I'm generally a negative cynical old coot, but I'm feeling quite positive about this year. We'll see how long that lasts.
To Cap It All Off
11 hours ago