Ohh….I had so many ideas for this year. I was going to organize reading around a big question. I was going to implement project based learning. I was going to try a Socratic seminar at least once every other week.
But what I have really done is throw some new buzz words into a typical, traditional Language Arts class.
The problem with all the things I want to implement is time. Time to find multiple articles around the big questions. Time to design more in-depth projects that still have flexibility. Time to assess each student individually. Time to find one good article with many entry points and at a reading level that all my class can handle. Time….and time is something I just don’t have. Where I have started something new, it has either failed for lack of planing or succeeded but other things suffered because of the time I put into it. This is especially true since I had to pick up an extra class and lost a planning period. I get paid for this and it was my choice, but it still makes it harder.
What I need to do is take a breather and reexamine where I am taking my class. But to do that I need…TIME.
I am feeling like this is a lost cause right now. That maybe I should give up and go back to the textbook. Hopefully by getting my fears out on paper (or computer screen), I can let them go. Right now, though, I don’t have any more time to write.