Aug 20 2010

Back in the saddle.

The past three weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. I can hardly believe it’s nearly September!

Summer camp ended, and a trip to the amusement park with my kids was exactly what I needed – I even ate funnel cake.

After 1.5 (GLORIOUS) days of rest, I headed to Brooklyn for Achievement First New Staff Training. NST was essentially the high points of Institute and my first two years of teaching, crammed into 5 days. There was much coffee drinking involved.

This week was training for just high school staff, beginning with an overnight retreat/team bonding/ropes course/night of general craziness. Since then, I’ve been hard at work on my plans for the year, seminar topics, and so many rubrics my head might explode. It’s weird, though – even though I’m working incredibly hard, it is only energizing me to do more. I am so excited for the coming year, and all of the amazing things my kids are going to do. I’m putting a lot of effort into ways to shift the “heavy lifting” onto their shoulders, and I wonder if it will be enough to reach my goal (which, by the way, has been set by the principal at 95% pass rate on the state exam. And also is something that only a handful of schools in the whole state accomplished last year. NO BIG.)

I guess this is the part where we figure out how good of a teacher I actually am.

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