Sorry I’ve been a little scarce.¬† I haven’t had much time to work on the forum.¬† I’ve squeezed time in by checking the forum in the morning while I’m drinking coffee before I get ready for school, and then sometimes late in the evening right before I go to bed.¬† This doesn’t leave me much time to chat, just a few minutes to correct any problems, delete spammers, and maybe check a hatchling lesson or two.
School has been crazy.¬† Monday I had an IMT meeting so I was gone from my house from 6 am until after 6 pm.¬† Of course, school doesn’t end there, because there’s always papers to grade or lessons to prepare for the next day.¬† And then feed my family.
Our school district has mandated some practice tests for the state assessment.¬† They gave us a deadline for administering and scoring these tests, but they didn’t even have all the test materials ready yet.¬† So of course, we have been working on a day-to-day basis on what our daily schedules are going to be, changing them almost on a daily basis.¬† It’s been hard to know what we’re going to do in advance.¬† So¬† it’s difficult to tell the students to do homework because tomorrow we may find that we are testing instead of in our classroom.¬† Let’s just say my lesson plans for next week have changed countless times.¬† First, there was going to be a unit test on Jan. 22.¬† Then practice tests came.¬† We were losing 1 day of lessons for testing first week and 2 more the second week.¬† We tentatively moved the unit test to the following Tuesday (Jan. 26).¬† But then the unit tests came in and in the school board’s infinite wisdom the unit test didn’t even cover the 2nd part of the unit, so we moved the test back to Jan. 22.¬† And then Friday after class, I was told testing procedure has been changed.¬† And now, the math department has to test all their students during class time, so the test will now take 4 days more instead of 2 days — wiping out all of next week’s lessons, and the unit test is now moved back to Jan. 26.
Make sense?¬† Of course not.
Because of all that back-and-forth changing, I was unable to get lesson plans ready for next week.
Oh and did I mention that on Wednesday next week we are having a district-wide meeting at my school, using my math office.¬† So I have to prepare for that, too.¬† I can do the paperwork at home (though I’d prefer not to), but I got to be in the office to clean it up and set it up.¬† And I’m going to be in the classroom testing, while a small-group uses the office for testing.
Saturday, I had a workshop, so there went my Saturday.¬† The workshop was supposed to teach me how to use an ActivBoard or Smartboard in my lessons.¬† We’re required to attend 18 hours of inservice, so we can get an ActivBoard in our classroom.¬† Ok, I don’t mind getting teaching ideas, etc, and I would love to computerize my lessons.¬† Well, I spent 6 hours there for nothing.¬† The presenters presented things so disorganized and so slowly!¬† I got board and started playing around with the program and learned more in the 30 minutes of playing around, then I did sitting there for 6 hours.¬† In fact, after this first part we’re supposed to create a lesson on the ActivBoard, present it to one of our classes and return to the next workshop session¬† with reflections on the lesson.¬† I had my lesson completed before they even told us to start working on it.
Then Sunday was used up because of football.¬† I’m not particularly a sports fan, but it’s hard not to catch the fever this year with the Saints making it to the playoffs.¬† My husband loves football, and he must watch the games.¬† I tend to allow him this because football is really the only sport that he follows.¬† I must say that sitting with him to watch the games has been reminiscent of me sitting with Dad to watch his games.¬† lol¬† Anyway,¬† how ’bout dem Saints!¬† Then there’s the hour long phone call from my sister (the one who hates LSU football).¬† She is also anti- Dallas.¬† So she was sooooo happy when Dallas lost, and happy that the Saints won.¬† She has to call and celebrate.¬† Most of the time, I’m just listening and saying the obligatory “yeah” now and then.
I’ve been trying to stay on top of my daughter’s schoolwork more.¬† It’s hard because alot of times, I’m coming in from work and she’s leaving to go to work.¬† I wish sometimes she attended the same school I taught at.¬† Her school puts her grades on an electronic gradebook, but the assignments are not announced in advance.¬† If my daughter doesn’t do an assignment, I don’t know until well afterwards, when the teacher finally posts grades.¬† So I’m trying to be more diligent in checking for assignments, requiring her to leave her schoolwork on the dinner table when she has to go to work.¬† Knocking on her door at 6 am in the morning when I’m about to leave to tell her to study.¬† She’s a senior this year, and supposed to graduate in May.¬† I can’t let up now.¬† I’m almost done with her!
You know, some parents cry or feel a loss when the last one leaves the house.¬† Empty nest syndrome, they call it.¬† Me?¬† I’ll be too tired to feel a loss.¬† And I will be so relieved to have my house and my time back to myself.
Anyway,¬† here was just a little snippet of what’s been going on and why I haven’t posted much in the forum.¬† I hope to be able to post more this week, since all I’m doing is testing and won’t have lessons to prepare for.¬†
Have a great week!