This week was challenging. I wanted to do more self care and leave early but I only achieved that goal on Monday by leaving at 4:30 instead of 5. I stayed really late on Wednesday to help with Mathletes which I didn’t mind because in that situation I feel “in the zone”. I also helped with the football away game which I also didn’t mind because the game was good to watch and our students were great spectators. Regardless, I need to find a better way of achieving my self care goal or I think I will burn out by Halloween. Here are my takeaways from the week.
Teaching Is Never Predictable
17 years ago I started at Sandburg High School in the midst of their MAJOR renovation which was probably one of the most chaotic starts to a school year. Add to that two days into the school year was September 11, 2001 you can only imagine the uncertainty present every day. Therefore, when presented with the opportunity to assume a class that previously had no certified teacher and only substitutes for three weeks, I felt prepared for the challenge. This class is really challenging though. Not so much that I cannot handle it, but enough of a challenge that I am pretty wiped out after it. The experience has humbled me and made me realize that I have to find ways to support the other teachers who were impacted in similar ways because of this situation. Someone passed on the following quote to me this week, “feed the teachers or they will eat the students”. This resonated with me and I realized that I need to be even more mindful of the ways to recognize those teachers who are doing everything they can to help educate our students.
Mo Toys, Mo Problems
The district gave me a Microsoft Surface Pro to utilize for work. I love having access to a tablet and the laptop-piness is nice as well. I have been running into small things that I have realized that I like on my Mac a little better. The problem I often run into with new tech devices is that I get torn between which is the best to use in any given situation. For instance, I started lesson planning and using SMART Notebook and sometimes felt drawn to using my Mac for pictures because the Mac equivalent to a “snipping tool” is a little cleaner than the one on Windows (three buttons and a drag of the mouse compared to click, drag, click save, pick location). However, the space available on the new computer is amazing and some of the drawing features are super slick on this device. I think I need to go back to my policy of using the correct device for the task at hand.
When I Ever Gonna Learn…
I only managed to come home before 5 on Monday (and it was only at 4:30). Some of this I knew would happen as I had Mathletes on Wednesday and went to the football game on Friday. However, I need to make a much more concerted effort to get out at 4 so that I can spend good time with my kids. Maybe I can entice myself with an incentive this week. Maybe I need to include it on my “task” list as another line item. For my own peace of mind I need to take better care of myself.