If you are at all like me, you are already thinking about heading back into the classroom and the details of what that will look and feel like for your students. I have an added dimension to plan for – a station rotation model using a set of Chromebooks. Great news but holy moly, what direction do I run in first??? As I research resources, talk to colleagues who have some experience with this, read about best practices, and reference my CCSS aligned curriculum I am quickly overwhelmed. Yes, my new reality is like a many tentacled octopus – and we are definitely wrestling!
Perhaps it is the expectations that I am placing on myself. Never one to dip a toe into the water when I could just cannonball right in, I have quite a list of goals for myself and my students. I have also offered to be a resource for other teachers to further their professional development. Along the way I will be blogging, maintaining a website, creating learning portfolios to document the experiences of some of my students, and trying to figure out if my teaching is actually more effective as a result of this change. The list is a teensy bit long but I am not ready to ditch any of it,…. yet.
My real problem is information overload. For each of the tasks I listed for myself above, there are about a gazillion sub-topics, videos, hints, tips, tweets, blogs, books, and podcasts. My brain hurts….
Maybe I need to stop looking, but I am one of those people who really struggles to do that. You know, the perfect resource could be right there, just beyond that next click. I swear, its like gambling! I am addicted to clicking. There it is, that is my problem. I am a serial clicker. I’m glad we figured that out.
Let’s face it, I am going to have to pull my act together – August 25th is looming large!