Hey I wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know I’m fine if not exactly back on top of everything. When I don’t have time to think about TTWD I’ll never be at my best, but it’s only a matter of time. I do want to tell you what is taking up so much of my time and thoughts.
You all know I’ve changed from math to social studies. Not my first choice, but I like social studies so I’m okay. As it has worked out I get to have my lunch with Megan and I don’t have to sit with Mr. K and Ms. T. Everyone is still being polite and mostly trying to be accommodating to one another. Mr. K stays out of my way and out of my business, lets hope that keeps up.
But we have changed to a different curriculum in SS this year. We are teaching “Ancient civilizations through 1400”. Now you know as much about what I’m supposed to teach as I do – Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, okay I get that. But what about ancient China, India, anything in Australia? Aborigines? What about Aztecs, Incas? Ancient Native Americans? Am I responsible for teaching all of this, some of it, which areas? When I ask these questions of fellow teachers, the administration and anyone else I can think of to ask I usually get a, “ Well… ummm…” and that’s about it. Yet I found out today that there will be an accumulative test at the end of the year. (The content of which is to remain a mystery.)
You’d think I’d be all right if I just followed the book wouldn’t you? Might work, but we have no books – none, nada and we’re not getting any. So where am I supposed to get my information? Wikipedia? I’d be satisfied with one teacher’s edition. It’s frustrating and taking up way too much of my time, which would rather spend reading, writing, commenting and in general visiting with my blogging friends.
I know all will settle down soon. I can get a little ahead. I had all my lesson plans and worksheet for math. With math, I taught a little, and then the kids practiced a math concept with me there to help for a while – I’m talking/teaching a lot more now and it’s more tiring. But as soon as I get a little ahead I’m going to make a real effort to find everyone (PK, Badass, and even Wimpy). Cassie is in the process of telling me another story so things are definitely looking up. Don’t forget to come by for a new Fantasy Friday tomorrow.