As often happens, I’m feeling the exquisite pinch of overwork right now, despite a short week last week for the MLK holiday and two days of staff meetings without kids.
On the agenda:
- Creating an Intensive course for readers two- or more years below grade level.
- Working with my homeroom kids to create a script, sets, puppets, props, and a shadow puppet show for big wigs to present on Feb. 27th.
- Creating our current Humanities Expedition about Identity and wearing metaphorical Masks with a culminating product memoir.
- What the hell to do for Celebration of the Arts?
- Literacy Night with parents on Feb. 12th–What the hell to do for that?
- The Expeditionary Learning National Conference visits our school on Feb. 27th. Not only is my Crew presenting a puppet show, but teachers and administrators from across the country will be in and out of my class all day, and I’ll have to serve on panel discussions.
- I’m writing a grant for travel over the summer to see if we can get funded to tour spiritual sites in India as part of our world religion expedition next year. I have to create an expedition plan for that and complete the application process this week.
- Implementing our new Habits of Scholarship, and doing differentiation, flexible groupings, accommodations, etc. Pre-assessments! Post-assessments! For and of learning!
- Just the usual planning and grading.
Sometimes it just helps to make a list.
Oh, yeah–arts integration!?
Plus just the general feelings of failure and inadequacy.