Saturday, 22 September 2012

Reflecting on the READ180 Class

So - it's been 3 weeks that I've been teaching GLE (aka READ180): Here's what I'm thinking:

  • I love teaching
  • I really enjoy these kids
  • The more I think I know about the READ180 course, the more I find I need to learn about
  • These kids, though hand-picked (by me) are MONKEYS!
  • Next year, I won't have any repeat students
  • I need another pair of eyes to help them as they don't seem to be able to be 'on task' enough
  • I have to figure out how to make them accountable for their independent reading
  • I know it's in the manuals, but I don't seem to have the time ferret it out to my satisfaction
  • This course/class can be amazing
I'm feeling time-stressed. I have to schedule and attend 20 School Team meetings within the next 2 weeks in order to arrange consents for Social Work or Child & Youth counselling. I have to do 57 more IEP's in order for them to be ready for the teachers to complete. I have to meet with the grade 9 students in order to do these IEP's. I have to train the grade 9's on laptop use and protocols. I have to nag the teachers to scan the work for the kids on laptops because they don't think the kids need this accommodation. Of course, it's the 3rd week of school, so there hasn't been any evaluations - what will they tell me when the kid doesn't achieve a passing mark or a Provincial Standard mark? They'll say the kid didn't a)study; b) try; c) pay attention. They won't take any responsibility for the delivery of the content.

And on it goes....

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