- Honored to attend José Vilson's book signing for his new book, "This Is Not A Test" on Tuesday. Hearing him read from it in person and hearing others read his words was a rare experience and an inspirational one. It is a fabulous book, that many many people have commented on and reviewed, and that anything else I could say in addition would probably be redundant. GO GET THE DAMN THING ALREADY.
- AP calculus test on Wednesday. My students seemed pretty calm about it afterward. This is (I think) a good thing. I'll look at the questions tomorrow.
- Still trying to figure out why I'm teaching rational expressions to algebra 1 students. Oh, wait - it's in the curriculum. Never mind.
- Continuing to learn of students past and present who are dealing with emotional, physical, mental issues that I never, never had to at their ages. So struck by their coping abilities. And so doubtful of my own.
- As more of my colleagues (and my students!) learn of my departure from my school, the reactions have been interesting. It's a very strange feeling - almost as if I can be confided in because I'm "outside" now. Let's just say this: public school districts need to give a bit more thought to how they treat their teachers and other staff, because, well, if I can make a move, then...
- My daughter has her first week ever of standardized testing next week. As I understand it, no time for computers or library. You know, the stuff that doesn't matter. (EDIT: Fortunately, she DOES get her art & music classes at least. I was incorrect originally.)
- Good Lord, there are a lot of smart educators on Twitter. (Find me - @gfrblxt - and go to my "Following" list. There are tons and tons.)
- Apropos my previous bullet point: thanks to Jen Silverman, I now know that "Ed-Tech Cassandra" translated into Greek is εκπαιδευτικής τεχνολογίας Κασσάνδρα.
- (No points for guessing who that may refer to.)
- Finally, as I think about my wife (there could not possibly be a better mom to our daughter in the world), and about my Mom, I am reminded that there are over 200 girls still missing in Nigeria. I am thinking about their mothers tonight too.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Reflections on the past week (5/5 - 5/11/14)
A few thoughts percolating through my head from this past week: