I have a lot of "this and that" saved up...
Coach Brown wrote a thoughtful post on how we're killing kids with low expectations. I really like the post, but his comment system isn't being friendly to me. So, I decided to just point you in his direction for a great read. I've had all of the same frustrations he vents about---and no answers, either. Someone who does could make lots of money.
I woke up in the wee hours on Sunday morning with a frightening thought about our elementary science program. Our plan has a giant hole...just when we thought we were being smart about things. You see, we budgeted for two kits per grade level for next year and will buy the third in 2007. What we didn't think about is that two kits isn't enough to serve all of the schools at the same time...so we're going to have to be ready to go full throttle in September. How we will accomplish this is a mystery at this point.
I got to hear today about how one teacher in my building is leaving next year because the new math curriculum will be "too much work." This is because it isn't delivered in the traditional math sense: teacher lectures, kids do lots of practice problems. The teacher would actually have to engage students with various activities with the new program. Heavens! A person at central office told me today about a run-in with another staff member from the school where I teach. This teacher reeked of alcohol and admitted being on the way back to work. I don't know that anything will come of that information, but it does make you wonder.
Curriculum is its own conundrum. With each passing day, I realize how blissfully ignorant I am about things. So many others there are unhappy with the direction things are taking...and in the next breath are glad to have had the increasing support in recent years. I think I'm just going to keep my head down and work on what I think would be best. I have my evaluation meeting with the Boss Lady on Friday. We'll see if she has the same opinion.
I've completed the requirements for my first class toward earning my EdD. I'm looking forward to having next week "off," especially considering the volume of meetings that are on the calendar. For now, I'm just enjoying the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing the course.
It's Spring. Get out and enjoy it while you can!