Be Inspired – 8.31.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – my evaluation, and because of it I am keeping a daily journal of my school year.

Today was the day all teachers, administrators, and members of central office, as well as some school board members met to start off the school year. Each year, there seems to me an inspirational theme or activity. As usual, there was a “welcome” and a little bit of general “housekeeping” by the superintendent, but after that the inspirational experience  started. I am not an educator who needs to be inspired by others because I do enjoy my profession, and I constantly look for ways to improve my teaching methods. The topic of today was “deep equity,” which in layman’s terms means “diversity.” Being a teacher of 21 years, I have seen this topic float back and forth throughout my teaching career. It is one of interest to me, but at the same time, this topic never seems to develop long enough before it’s it overlooked by the next trend.

The speaker was one of experience and knowledge. He was able to keep the attention of the audience, as well as keep everyone entertained, but it did last about 75 min. I always find it ironic that those sharing new ideas about teaching always seem to “talk at” educators instead of using other techniques that allow teachers to model when they return to their own classroom. Either way, I enjoyed to the presenter and the activities he shared with the group. After his presentation, teachers were assigned to certain rooms based on their subject matter. This also happens every year – good or bad, I don’t know, but it happens. I sat in another meeting for an hour, then I had to attend another meeting for three hours. Without going into detail about the meetings, I am sure you can imagine how much of a listener I was after a couple of hours. Once again, this is not good “modeling” for teachers preparing for a classroom of kids.

At the end of the day, it was 3:00 pm, and I hadn’t worked in my library at all. At this time, I was glad I wasn’t a first year, second year, or third year teacher. If you remember reading yesterday, I told you I didn’t get that much done either. Now, I have two more days to prepare for my classes. Once again, I was not worried, but I was a little concerned because I knew the I would have to prepare for “Back to School Night” as well the next day. I am getting a little more “mindful” of the fact that the kids will be walking through the door sooner than later.

“you will find errors in this writing because
I’m not proofreading it – it’s a journal, and that is all”

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