Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Slice 2012 - 28 of 31 To be honest...

There are various forms of writing and I think since starting this project my slices have been taken from each day directly related to something that is happening in my life.  Just honesty, as I reflect or capture a slice of my life.  As you know I'm back to work and working progress reports.  As life sometimes is and I feel education can be, today I feel the roller coaster is in full motion and I have never been physically on an amusement park roller coaster.  I don't like watching how fast they go.  I don't like the idea of flipping upside down.  I don't like not having control of where I am going or how fast I travel.  I don't like being scared or spooked.  

Today I feel like I have no control.  Completing 44 progress reports with no additional time during my working hours is hard.  Trying to figure out what the Common Core is asking students to do and how that matches to progress reports descriptors is hard mental work.  I'm frustrated a staff meeting is scheduled for tomorrow morning when everyone needs every minute possible to do progress reports.  The agenda isn't relevant to immediate actions needed by anyone.  I tried to suggest moving it a week, that didn't go far.  I'm frustrated my students come to school about 20 alternating days a quarter and together we are suppose to grow and change enough to make narratives interesting to read.  

As I always do, I will get through this.  I am seeing growth and am proud of my students.  I can't wait til next year and I really organize my thinking for instruction with the Common Core.  I don't like muddling.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to just read some honest thinking from today.  I wish you a wonderful Thursday.

7 comments :

  1. I never liked roller coasters either. Stay the course--it is frustrating to not be given the time to do what's required. It sounds like you're still willing to make it work.

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  2. Phew! Sounds like a tough week! Ours like this was right before spring break- Parent teacher conferences, report cards, state tests, oh, and job interviews! And yea, meetings every day, about stuff that could have waited a few weeks! YIKES! Hang in there!

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  3. Hang in there Mandy, I know these weeks are frustrating. Does it help to know we all have them? HUGS!

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  4. The comparison to the roller coaster and feeling out of control was very vivid.

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  5. Hi Mandy,
    Ugh!!! Weeks like that are frustrating! I find that being able to write about my frustrations often helps me feel better. You're right...you'll get through it, but it's nice to know that others are on the ride with you. :) Good luck!

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  6. Thanks for supporting some frustrations and sharing everyone has these times.

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  7. Wouldn't it be nice to have hours in the day to complete that kind of work. Oh, to dream.

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