Today was an inverse sh*t sandwich: my desktop o/s was fried last night when the server crashed, so I had to be reimaged; the school day went great; I got my cell phone lost/stolen at the end of the day.
The high today was 45 with rain; I feel like a human icicle.
Okay, here is a lesson in how not to plan a lesson: Why was I having them do three seperate tasks in one day, with three brand new web apps? BREAK IT DOWN next time!
The rain continues, but the temp has gone up (I thought it was going to snow yesterday, I swear it was 40 degrees and raining).
“Asleep” from Taz’s photostream on Flickr
It wasn’t a day, it was a marathon: Full load of 6 classes + 30 minutes of ELD, after-school tutoring program, then I held a 2 hour training on discovery streaming+PowerPoint (which occured simulatenously with a school potluck that I was helping show a video at). I’m tired!
Well, the kids were not happy after two days with no outdoor time (due to rain); still some very difficult classes did well, and those that didn’t, got to work on how behavior.
The rainy season is here (rain predicted all week long), but most classes went smoothly (included some typically rough ones), and I felt on top of my game.
Observed today, and I don’t know how it went; I can barely remember what happened, and I’m sure I missed something.
And I did my preso to parents, and it went well. I was very nervous, so I’m glad it’s over.
Did I tell you that someone stole a mouse from the computer lab? I conducted an inquiry ala the old Venetian method (secret reports from students), and got three leads on potential miscreants. I feel like Javert at this point.
SES (afterschool) tutoring is going smoothly (thank god), and tomorrow I get my second formal observation. For those that think your admin never steps into your class after you get tenure, they LIE cause you get observed every other year in California.
There is no “instructional plan” by design since Papert and others involved in the vision behind OLPC do not believe that learning results from an emphasis on instruction.—Quote from Gary Stager, Ph.D. at Wes Fryer’s Speed of Creativity blog about my comment on OLPC
Sixth grade lesson tying in civil rights movement and Rosa Parks to local protests against Patriot Act provisions against “terrorist” that may prevent Hmong refugees from getting citizenship did not work; the connection between the two was not made well. Sigh!