Sunday, February 7, 2010

Juggling, Whining & Jiggles

(Writer's warning: I know I promised this would be a NO WHINING blog, but go ahead and whip out the cheeseboard now because I need to have a brief whinefest. Join me if you wish. We'll all feel better for it.)

I can’t juggle. 

If I could, I would have joined the circus a long time ago. 

When I juggle, I drop something. You know what I mean. I try really hard to stay on top of planning, grading and working on my newspaper, yearbook, photography and journalism classes. I try and juggle those, but just when I get one rocking along fine, the other falls, crashes and burns.

Then there's all that professional stuff I should be keeping up with that's buzzing around the EduSphere. Proposed revisions to No Child Left Behind (oh pah-leese, do we have to take all of them?), stuff on test scores (how about a litttle studying?), charter schools (don't even get me started on those), homeschools (nor these either), public schools (I think that alien thing I wrote about takes care of that), private schools (I probably should stop now)…

Then there’s all that paper work stuff… grade stuff, progress report stuff, email stuff, contest entry stuff, contest practice stuff, budget stuff, supply stuff, trip stuff, stuff stuff. So much stuff stuff, it makes me overstuffed.

Then there’s all this blog and book stuff I try and do.

This juggling thing just isn't happening for me, so I suppose that now running away and joining a carnival isn’t an option for me either. Somehow that fact saddens me that at this point in my life becoming a carney isn't even an option for me any more. 

How did that happen?

I can jiggle though, but I don’t think there’s much of a future in that.


Education Tay said...

Useful teaching methods, personal traits and strategies for teaching and learning that are effective for classroom learning I developed in my second year of teaching. Teacher training I found was theory and mentors saying this is the way you should teach.

Every good teacher has their own effective teaching methods and can only be developed over time with experience, and trial and error.

Regents Review said...

We can't always be at the top of our game, not when there's a million things to do. While we need to juggle and multi-task to cope with the requirements of our profession, sometimes it takes us away from what we should really be concentrating on. I mean, I often ask myself, while I consider myself a jack of all trades just to cope, am I really a master of what I should be really doing?

I'm just thinking out loud. It can get frustrating when work gets the best of us.