Cruise Control

You may have noticed I didn't post Monday or Wednesday this week, and I would like to say it's because I've been so busy coming up with spectacular lesson plans and catching up on paper work. Unfortunately that's not the case. I've fallen into a routine that's threatening to become a rut. And I want to be careful not to become too comfortable, because I still have so much work to do towards becoming an effective teacher.

Thinking back this week has been kind of off and lackluster. Between Halloween, today's practice ELA exam and taking a sick day Monday I feel like I've been trying to find my rhythm. I'm worried that I'm letting myself become complacent (read: lazy) and with ALP out of the classroom I may be less stressed, but I'm not concentrating on my teaching or classroom management as much as I could be. Today it was clear I still don't have the respect of all my students, and if I don't get it soon the same problems with ALP will resurface in one way or another.

Today I felt I found my rhythm a bit, but then tomorrow's Friday. Before I was trying to get through each day and each day felt like an eternity. Now I'm wondering how I'll have enough time to get everything (reading assessments, portfolios, my bulletin board, test prep) done. There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day anymore. The upside of all this is that I can see the end in sight. Not that I'm in a hurry for the year to be over, but it's nice to think that I can and will finish out the year. And who knows, maybe I'll find a way to be not just an effective, but a good teacher along the way.


Hugh O'Donnell said…
Ruben, if we were to graph the ups and downs by week, month, year, decade, it would scare the yogurt out of us. Sometimes we get the bear, and sometimes it gets us.

But with a good heart and a strong work ethic, you'll have the bear on the run! ;)

Hugh aka Repairman
IMC Guy said…
After 12 years of teaching, the ups and downs continue. There are going to be days (like today for me) that make me rethink what I'm doing. However, during the downs, think of the ups - they are worth it!

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