Happy Thoughts

October 2, 2007 at 1:30 pm 1 comment

The mood swing, mercifully, was on its way out shortly after I wrote my last post.  Now that I’ve had a couple of days, I’d like to mention some positive aspects of Saturday’s experience.

First of all – SURPRISE! – the training wasn’t a waste of time!  I learned a few things, and I’d like to highlight some of them here.

1) We learned about extension menus.  Basically, it’s a tic-tac-toe board (or bingo card) with different levels of questions about a particular topic.  Students can choose any row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  I like that it stretches their brains but also gives them choices.

2) The average age of the people in that room was…well, let’s just say I was definitely the youngest person there.  Considering I’ve only been doing this job for 5 weeks and two days….  I’m going to be fine.

3) I talked to a veteran teacher and posed the same questions I asked in my post.  He reassured me that I probably wouldn’t feel like I had “Differentiation in the AP Classroom” under any semblance of control until I’d been doing it at least seven years (give or take).

By Saturday afternoon, I’d let myself off the hook a little.  (And I will also admit that my world got a whole lot sunnier after the delicious Subway sandwich I ate for lunch.)

Then on Sunday, a coworker left the funniest comment EVER in response to my post, and that pretty much sealed the deal:

I’m going to be a good teacher.  I might not be one of the world savers referenced in this article, but, like this gal, I’m not going to give up on my students either.  I’ll find a nice balance – just maybe not right now, this six weeks, or even this year.

And I’m okay with that. 🙂

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Entry filed under: Education, Life in General.

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  • 1. musingsfromtheacademy  |  October 2, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    I am glad you are having a better day! We all have the days when we question what we are doing, but the good teachers reflect, rant and get back to teaching. 🙂

    When you find the “balance” let me know; there are days when I have trouble achieving it as well. Someone must know the answer!

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