Today we had staff meetings and I now need to be careful what I say because my Principal is following me on twitter!
Today I experienced a feeling, and the best way to explain it is the header of this post. It’s late so I just wanted to quickly list the directions I feel pulled so that I can start to wrap my mind around which things need more of my time so that I can manage my time better. Here’s a list of pulling forces, in no particular order:
- Desire to learn my students names.
- Lesson plan for 8th grade math and Algebra I
- Figuring out when/how to use the right tools in my classroom.
- Administrative duties.
- Family time.
- Building relationships with my colleagues.
- Working out Benchmark tests and End of Year State Assessments.
- Figuring out how assessments will look in my classroom and taking as many of the SBG principles as possible even though I cannot implement SBG.
Some of those pulls have complex relationships. For example, the assessment piece: administration wants grade levels to agree when it comes to assessments and grades, so I want to appreciate and understand what my colleague does, yet also want to keep as many of the principles I hold dear to in my class. Above all this looms the state-mandated tests which involve technology on a platform that we can use on some assessments, but we can’t create our own assessments on that platform, so we can’t use the platform “whenever we want”.
See why I feel pulled in several directions?
Oh, and I think that my fellow 8th grade math teacher is pretty awesome–I’m glad that I’m getting to teach with her!
And now sleep is pulling me…
 I’m actually really excited about this fact. She even lead a session today on “how to join and use Twitter as a teacher”!
 …and begin building a relationship with them before I even meet them in class. This is something I really want to work on this year.
 Part of this is figuring out how much technology I have: How often can I use the chromebook carts? How many of my students have their own devices? How many of my students have internet at home?