11 January 2005

Back to the Salt Mines

It's been business as usual this January at school. My classes are moving along swimmingly, but I am overwhelmed with things to do in my Science Goddess role. I feel like a deer in the headlights.

I had a big presentation to a school committee last night and there is another big night for parents next week. I am trying to help a variety of schools boost their scores through literacy initiatives. I have one teacher at another school who has had it explained to her several times what the procedure is for materials adoption---and still doesn't get it---so I have spent countless hours trying to get it through her head. And the list goes on and on.

In the grand scheme of things, I'm supposed to be orchestrating a complete reorganization of Scope and Sequence for secondary science in our district: what will we teach and when? The thing is, I've never participated in anything like this, much less led it. And, I haven't talked to anyone in our district who has done so. It's very important that this whole project be done in the best possible manner, but I'm working blindly. Makes me very nervous.

Did I mention I'm trying to teach my classes, too? The end of the semester is in just over two weeks. I suppose I am a bit stressed, but that seems to be typical of most working Americans. There's no point in having a pity party. You just haveto move forward.

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