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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
In the wake of the culmination of two weeks total of snow days, I must say my teaching anchor has been shifted. It's like there is this massive side that says thank goodness for the time off, while the other side says, days are ticking like a watch, never to be given back. In these times like this week I am, indeed, thankful for the time off to be closer to family and friends, but at the same time I yearn to be back in the classroom.
So many of my kids are different than last semester's and it pains me that there are several of them I simply have not connected to like I did the kids in first semester. I don't know what it is but I feel like all of these snow days have put a DENT in the proverbial learning curve. We honestly have not had a solid week of instruction at all this semester, unless it was spent on catch up, and even then it's a mute point.
I have tried to diversify my videos and lectures to what I can share on Edmodo.com but that, I feel, is still not enough. I have more kids this semester more interested in Twitter and Facebook posts than giving concrete and sound input to my class and the separation anxiety I feel from the weeks of disruption only compounds this feeling.
My only hope is the coming weeks will have more continuity and I can reach these kids on a level at least SOMEWHAT to how I did first semester, Then , maybe, just maybe, I can reach them and share some knowledge with them that they will take beyond the brick and mortar walls of my classroom.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
I have been thoroughly torn by all of the snow days we have experienced in Cobb County thus far this winter. The teacher/coach (adult) in me is not very happy. Each of my classes now has a week of catch up to do. We will endeavor to get the most important information taken care of so we can move forward with the rest of the semester; I have no doubt about that. In addition to my classes being behind, the off days could not have come at a worse time for the team I coach.
We were playing well heading into the end stretch of the regular season when the first snow occurred. Since that time we have had to cram multiple games into the few school days we had available with few practices in between. The second snow storm has only added to our time off and right before the Region Tournament. With little time to prepare for the most important game of the year I am very frustrated at the timing of it all.
Then there is the other (kid) me. As a child growing up in Georgia snow came rarely, maybe once every other year or two. This meant whenever snow did occur it was a big deal. Fast-forward to the present and the kid in me still relishes the excitement of seeing those magical white flakes pouring down from the sky. In addition, I have two children which show the same level of exhilaration I did during times of snowy weather.
Therefore, I am torn by all of this weather generated time off. I guess as long as I can get the important school related items done; the kid in me can still enjoy the snow.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
In following with my above comment, I feel like ANYONE can get SOMETHING from any CTAE/Vocational class if they are ever enrolled in one. I learned this year at the GACTE conference that all of our pathways teach the fundamentals of employability skills. If you look at the standard 1, it is broken down in to all sorts of meaningful chunks like communication, teamwork, problem solving skills, etc.
In thought of this I can tell you that I do believe that everyone can get at least something from a vocational/CTAE class so I do not agree with number 5.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Theorem 3: "Vocational education should provide students with thinking habits - technical knowledge and scientific problem solving skills - and the manipulative skills required in the occupation itself."
My prior knowledge of a guidance counselor I thought was detailed. I've never doubted that guidance counselors had their share of responsibilities and have always felt they were a vital part of a student's success. However, after the readings I am now more certain than ever that counselors have their fair share of administrative duties, strict deadlines to adhere to. Within this semester, I see some of the actions taking place by our counselors that were noted on their calendar activity reading. Some duties that were mentioned in the reading I would have never contributed to the counselors seeing that I see others present the information. Now looking back, the data had to come from somewhere, the counselors.
I will even go as far to say, guidance counselors are teachers in their own right. They wear multiple hats as we do. Their dealings with the student body are the same as ours in the classroom, serving as counselor, cheerleader, ATM, Marta, the list goes on.