Day 170: Summer Dreamin’
I’m noticing that my posts are getting shorter and shorter. It’s not that I don’t have a lot to say, it’s just there’s so little time to give to all of the things I want to do. With spring weather here, I want to ride my bike on the week-ends, walk my Harvey-dog, read books, make cards, grow vegetables, and do all of those things that rejuvenate my teaching spirit.
I so value the reflection that blogging has helped me achieve this year! It continues to be a great sounding board. I shared my blogging goal with my end-of-year evaluation meeting and my supervisor was stunned that I had kept up with it DAILY for the WHOLE year. I’m pretty amazed as well. Although at times (like right now) I feel swamped, like a moth to a flame, I also am drawn to write something reflective. So what could that be?
One of the things I do about this time of the year is think about what I can get done in the summer. Maybe I should re=phrase that; what I want to get done in the summer. Here are some questions to ponder:
- Plan/organize my room (will it be a new room with windows or my current room with no windows? how will I make it more inviting to kids without windows? How will I keep my sanity?)
- Think about my courses: what works, what needs tweaking, what needs to be let go, what needs to be added?
- Think about our department SIP goal of retention: what needs to be retained, should I think in a SBG way, how will I address those missing/weak skills withing the already crammed curriculum, can GradeCam and/or Navigator help?
- How will I organize for the Comprehensive Evaluation next year so that I cover my bases, collect evidence and data, and genuinely use the experience to inform my practices?
- Can I develop a community outreach component to my AP Stats program? What would it look like, who should I talk with, when should I start it, how will I get community contacts?
Just like going to a 4-star restaurant, my eyes are bigger than my stomach. My plan folder is getting jam-packed with this ideas to think about, that book to read, new techniques to incorporate next year… And when summer actually arrives, I find I haven’t mastered the balance of rejuvenation time, family time, me time and school planning time. Maybe this year will be better.