Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm Back

So I was up in Swan River with Griffin for the Manitoba Games. His soccer team got a bronze medal. I was so excited to watch him play. I'm so proud of him. This is an experience he will remember forever.

On to teaching.
Not much has happened on this front because I've been really busy being up in Pauingassi and out in Swan River. Hopefully I'll be able to sit down a bit tomorrow and work on some stuff. Is summer really 25% over already? That's too quick.
Hopefully I'll have more to write in the next couple of days.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tough Week

It's been a tough week for getting anything done. It just seems like everything is coming up at once. I think it's hitting me how little time I have this summer. On the flip side there are some great things happening which are making it a little busy.
1. I'm going to Pauingassi this next week with Athletes in Action to do some VBS and softball camps.
2. The family is going camping at Hecla with my cousin and his family.
3. We're moving (so excited, but there is so much to pack, and unpack)
4. My brother and his family are coming out. YAY!!!!!!!
5. I need to get my classroom ready.
So, some great things, but it all makes for a busy summer. Now back to my coffee and preparing for this mornings worship service. Worship Leading and Children's Story. Yep, for some reason my life just doesn't slow down.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New Title

You may have noticed that I have changed the title of my blog. I thought it was more reflective of what I plan to focus on for future posts. I do have lots of better things to do. Especially this summer. It's weird because it's the fourth a July and I'm already starting to feel the crunch for September. I think that's partly because the next two weeks are a little busy and I know I won't get much planning done. I've been focusing on GLO's and SLO's for now. Just trying to get a broad idea of what the classes are that I'm going to cover; looking for themes and general ideas that will connect with other courses. I've also done some work getting together ideas for ELA. This class has been a heavy focus for me because it is going to make up 25% of my teaching time. I'm beginning to think that ELA is really just about experiencing different media, writing about what we think in an intelligent way and working together. A little simplistic maybe, but a start. I think ELA will end up being the easiest class because......

Math, Science and Social Studies will all be split classes. Math shouldn't be that bad because I have a pretty good background in that. But Sc and It's going to take a lot of planning
 ( a weakness of mine) because I really want to give my students a chance to go outside and experience life, especially in Science. But, I have the sinking feeling that in order to keep my head above water (see how I mixed my metaphors there?) I'm going to have to keep the work plain and simple and boring. ugh, that's so depressing.
Ok, that's it, time to get supper ready. If you have any words of wisdome for new teachers, please let me know. Here's what I have so far.
1. You can't cover everything
2. Don't get into a power struffle with a student. It's a lose/lose situation.