Sunday, November 27, 2005

 
It's Sunday night, and Thanksgiving break is coming to an end. I had great plans to grade a few papers everyday during my week off, but I decided to spend time with my family, prepare the Thanksgiving meal, and unpack from our recent move. So now it is Sunday night and I have 2 or 3 hours worth of papers left to grade. I already spent over 3 hours grading papers this afternoon, and I haven't done my lesson plans. I am going to get it all done tonight, even if I have to stay up all night! This is my hurdle that makes it so hard for me to teach with technology the way I want to. The endless paperwork overwhelms me, and I leave the planning until last. I know I should re-order my priorities: plan first, then do paperwork. It sounds so simple, but want to finish the paperwork so that I can clear my mind of the clutter. It's time to get back to work. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25, 2005

 

The first bite...

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I am taking my first bite tonight of the world of blogging. I see before me an elephant that seems more enormous than one person can handle. I have just been named a fellow for Alabama's 21st Century Schools program. I thought I knew quite a bit about using technology in the classroom, but as I begin a new phase of my teaching career, I am discovering that I have fallen behind the times. I have a lot to learn and put into practice in my classroom before I am ready to share any knowledge with other teachers.

I think this blog will be a wonderful place to keep track of the new ideas I am discovering. Maybe I can share with my students and their parents, maybe with other teachers, or maybe this will be a private record of my thoughts. Let's see what happens!

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