10 March 2005


I don't know if I've mentioned this, but on Thursdays our school has a different structure to the day. Each class is about 15 minutes shorter (except the one around lunch) so that we teachers have a 90 minute "common planning time" at the end of the day. In terms of the ways in which classes work, it's a lot like cramming 10-gallons of shit in a 5-gallon bag. (Thanks, Sweetie, for the euphemism.) Yes, I know, we could scale back on the content we deliver, but time always feels too precious. Anyway, this makes Thursdays feel rather hectic.

Meanwhile, my admin and his two assistants are still trying to figure out how to handle the LID tomorrow. Last Friday, I gave them my materials. On Monday, I was asked to proof the preliminary agenda and then sit in on a meeting about it most of the afternoon. Yesterday? I got to write the "guiding questions" for the morning's discussion, revamp a survey they wanted, and then structure the afternoon with them. And, lucky me, today I got to have more fun. I got to write the admin's big speech introducing the morning session, as well as frame out what to say for the afternoon. (I wonder if Bush's speech writer feels like this.)

We'll see what all happens tomorrow. I have done just about everything I can and it is up to the admin to carry it. Mind you, he did ask me today if I was sure that I didn't want to be involved in presenting any of this to staff. I told him that this type of information and work needs to come from him. Get on up there and be the instructional leader.

As for me, I have a presentation of my own tomorrow and my PowerPoint needs some polishing. Enjoy your Friday, gentle readers, and I'll be back to give you all the skinny that's fit to blog tomorrow afternoon.

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