Monday, June 2, 2014

When done isn't done & here isn't here

Cryptic title? Sort of.

A story of my June? Mostly.

Here's what I mean...

I'm here, but not really

Today is the 4th grade New York State Science test. Full testing conditions in the building. My program is cancelled so I can proctor and the halls can be quiet. Testing conditions. I'll see a single class of my full schedule today.

Tomorrow is a 1/2 day to prepare cumulative records and such. No cluster periods, so I'll have no teaching periods tomorrow.

Wednesday is a "normal" day, but a large percentage of the building is out on field trips.

Thursday is a non-instructional day, a "year-end PD day" so it's a staff-only day.

Friday is our school carnival, so the majority of my scheduled periods will be at the carnival.

Of 22 instructional periods I'm betting I'll have 5 in the lab

Here isn't always here...

I understand the need to these year-end activities. I just always lament the loss of instructional time. June becomes a very unpredictable beast. Days change, field trips happen, events are put on. I'm here in June, but I'm not necessarily here as a computer teacher.

I sometimes feel like the stodgy old guy, the angry "get off my lawn" kinda guy, when I lament my missed classes. It's not that I don't want the students to have the fun and experiences of things like carnivals and field trips. I just miss the time with them in the lab.

We go until the end of June. New York CIty has always been that way. My grades are due May 23rd. June is a Swiss-cheese looking calendar of changes...

... I guess even after 11 years I'm still not use to June being so fragmented.

So much left to do, not much time to do it

It's selfish, really. It's pretty much all about me. I still have a few things I want to do with my students, a few things I want to test out, a few things I want to introduce them to. With June being so fragmented I worry I wont get to it all. It bums me out a bit. Like I said, I guess I'm just being selfish...

Off to proctor the Science test...


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