When I started this blog, I was more teacher than curriculum specialist. I had much more to say about the goings-on of my own classroom. Now that I am more specialist than teacher, there seems to be less to say about my kiddos.
I still have a class. And they are a lot of fun and I very much enjoy that part of my day. With everything else that is happening, I don't manage a full week of attendance as often as I would like. I haven't been giving them all of the attention that I should when I'm in class. It seems like I only have so much focus to go around within a given day. Many times they get the fuzzy end of the lollipop in that department---in part because I know that they're highly capable students who need a guide through the year as opposed to a teacher. It's still not fair to them. I hope to change this trend.
It is rare for schools and districts to live in the present. It's always about the upcoming test or what you will change "next time." I was part of a conversation this week about the staff days in August 2006. Registration for next year's classes is six weeks away. We tend to live in the future.
I don't know how much longer I will be in the classroom. Money is always an issue for any school system, so it may not be possible to fund me full-time in curriculum. There are already some things in the works to pull me out of my last class, but it's too early just yet to say that it will happen. I don't mind. I do think my schedule can be unfair to my students. I just have to remember to do the best I can to make it not seem that way.
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