Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ying and Yang...

Writing papers
thinking about how we do our ‘job’ as teachers
wanting to revolutionize the education system now
not tomorrow
knowing that change takes time in any institution
hating the fact that I know that fact and still
at the end
realizing that all I can do is take tiny steps
make small ripples in the pond I dwell in
and having to be satisfied that I am doing what I can
while not being able to do want I want…

I hate contradictions…

Sunday, March 11, 2012

What a week!!!!

This really has been an incredible week.

The school buses were shut down for two days as we received a huge pile of snow on Monday and Tuesday. Took about another two days to get everything plowed out, dug out, and manageable, just in time for the weather to heat up to about plus 11 by the weekend!!! Now everything is just a running river of melted snow...

Thursday I found myself 10 - 12 stories under the ground in the Rats Nest Cave, near Canmore, Alberta. This is an amazing place, a place one soon won’t forget. Repels of 50-60 feet, twisting chutes that seemed to get thinner as you went further through them, tugging at your harness, slick, long climbs and some of the most powerful scenery I have ever viewed!!! What a day!!! 

It is amazing the education we can provide for our students outside of the curriculum isn't it?

Can hardly wait for the pictures, sure hope they turned out okay!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Man without a room..

Yup, door used to have my name on it,

Now it has her name on it.

There is a country song in here somewhere...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Off to the Principal's office..wait, that's me!

Lately it seems that I have become an ‘Administrator’ rather than still being a teacher who has administrator duties. Yes, I know I have been a V.P. for about two and a half years, but only recently have I come to understand that all is not what it once was.

My classroom has a new name on the door, my belongings are on the top of shelves or locked in a cupboard, and another is leaning on the podium leading the learning.


It is not that I feel excluded from the school, as the entire staff has never been better towards me, and I do believe that they come to me when there is an issue that I need to be made aware of. 

It is that I am now conscious that a line has being crossed, never to be what was, no going back it seems.

This is as it should be I suppose. I took great pleasure in introducing myself as an ELA teacher first and a V. P. second. Recently that seems not to be how I view myself. More time is spent on administrative duties, ones that I believe are important, such as the Educational Planning Process and the Instructional Leadership visits, then is spent on preparing for classes, or dare I say it – GRADING!!!

A natural evolution, but one that still sticks in the caw, so to speak.

Ah, well, it is not like I don’t love my job, as every day brings fresh learning, so much so that many nights are spent trying to sort out the numerous ideas that are clamouring for further exploration.

It is just that change is hard sometimes, and, well, it is difficult to think that I am now one of them…