Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Coma... and an appraisal

My life this week is taken up by two things.

an appraisal

and this book.

First, let's talk about the appraisal. Every school in Granite District must be 'appraised' during the span of the next two years. My school's chance is this week. Every teacher is observed, there are discussion groups held, and each teacher has a twenty minute interview with a member of the appraisal team. My interview was yesterday, and although it wasn't painful at all, it did remind me of the job interviews I experienced prior to becoming a First Year Teacher. All the teachers are making an effort to be at the top of their game, which makes for a lot of late nights and extra preparations. For some reason I can't quite place, I'm not too nervous about the whole shebang. I'll just keep teaching as I always teach - but I want to make sure nothing falls through the cracks this week, when it feels like so much is on the line.

Even though many of my teachers friends and I have been dreading this week for months, it's really helpful to take a moment and reflect on how I meet the needs of all learners, how I cover the core, and how I collaborate. Reflection is a powerful tool that always leads to improvement, at least for me.

Okay, now to the 'book coma.' (A friend of mine coined that term, and I just love it.) I was looking forward to receiving my very own fresh shiny new copy of Mockingjay all week last week. Mockingjay is the final book in the Hunger Games series - which I will admit I am addicted to. So - between the book coma and being a full time teacher, I have very little room in my life for anything else! I mean, really. There's nothing better than a full night of reading after a full day of teaching. Especially when the book is a total page turner. No lie! I cannot put it down.

Read it. I know you'll love it.

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