I sat on my ass all day yesterday. Although I did make it to the deli around the corner from my building, with the intention of getting some errands done after, I was pooped. I just came home and plopped on the couch. And when I say came home, that meant pushing my way through a damn conga line of tourists standing in front of my building (that's for another post altogether).
So today's "to do" list isn't looking good.
1. Lesson plans for week, and absentee lesson plans for the office's files.
2. 9 (nine!) IEPs to write and revise. I'm guessing 45 minutes each. That's not good.
3. Make paper-mache globe to serve as a "model" for a class project.
4. Clean apartment.
5. Try to resolve scheduling conflicts on calendar (which my crack-berry keeps informing me of, and I keep ignoring).
I know that I worked hard at I.S. OZ, but working for I.S. Prep is a totally different experience. Before I could dismiss my class, and use my prep to tidy the room, grade, and all that normal kind of stuff a teacher does. Now I'm itinerant. I have no designated classroom. I teach in five different classrooms throughout the course of the week. I wheel my materials around in one of those odd looking "crate on wheels" contraptions. It's teal and blue. It is ugly. And I do not like it. It's jammed with project supplies, files, rulers, textbooks, and various other items. I left my "I can't believe I just spent nine dollars on an egg timer from Target" somewhere, and now I can't find it. I need my egg timer! The stop watch just isn't doing it.
Yes, an egg timer. After three years of teaching in a self-contained classroom of perhaps 8-10 students, I'm now teaching two general education classes. One has 28 students, the other has a bit less. Total pedagogical culture shock. I'm adapting. But I.S. Prep has a certain "style" of lesson presentation, and I really need to stay within my time stipulations. So I guess I'll have to add that to my "to do list:
6. Egg timer
I'm already behind. Gotta jump in the shower and get on with the day. Noooooooo. Must make crazy paper mache globe before shower, given my clumsy factor and the fact that I don't want to be covered in flour for the duration of the day. I'd post pictures of the process, but my digital camera is likewise AWOL.
Mr. Benjamin's BOE Annoyance of the Week:
The disappearance of "regional mentoring." Now individual schools have to re-assume the responsibility.
For a rather interesting article about this, see the article in Education Week:
"New York Shifts Strategy on Mentoring New Teachers" EdWeek.org, October 4, 2007