Things about which I’ve been wondering lately:
I thought year two would be less exhausting than year one. It seems I was wrong. I know there will always be new preps, new students, new challenges, … but will I ever not be tired? How in the world do people who have children do this and do it well?
I recently began a master’s program. Our cohort meets one to two times a week for four hours a session (this along with homework and studying for tests is undoubtedly a contributing factor to my being tired). How do other professions handle continuing education? Is it up to the individual to do on their own time?
When I conduct PD sessions, I try to model how I run my classes. I have a variety of activities. There is time for individual work, small group work, and whole group discussions. I see very little of this in the courses I’m taking. Which is interesting, as they are courses designed for high school math teachers. What messages are relayed to the students (who are all teachers) about how we should teach?
Conversations are important. Conversations about goals and change are vital. However, at some point conversations are not enough. When is it okay to say “This situation is not working for me. I can’t settle for good enough. I want great.” and walk away?