Over the past few weeks, I've felt like I've been an utter failure at teaching. My students are doing poorly on tests, they are missing numerous problems on their homework, and they don't seem to know the basics of math during class (such as 3x3 is 9). Never mind that almost every student's brain seems to go to sleep between January 1 and March 31--I thought I was a failure. Why had I even gone to school for 7 years? Oh...funny story about that later. Anyhow, remember that sit and plan time I had a week ago? And I decided that I needed to sit and plan every morning??? Well, lo and behold, (drum roll please) IT WORKS!!! Imagine that! I have come into work every morning and started planning right away. I look at the curriculum I will be covering in all 6 of my classes and begin to roll around some ideas in my head. I make sure I understand all of the different lessons **completely** and then go from there. You see...in any logical world, I would have been doing this anyway. And to defend myself, I was...2--well 3--ok maybe 4 months ago. Ok, so it's been a while. But now I see why they train you to do that kind of stuff in college. Hopefully, this difference will soon be showing up in test scores. Although, it's a little late because report cards go out next Friday. But for the coming quarter it will be good. I'm sure. God is so good to point out good ideas to improve myself.
And the funny story... A kid was telling me about some movie he watched. He was laughing and saying that this one guy said something like, "I know this guy who went to college for 7 years." And the other guy went, "You call that a doctor." And I thought...wow I could be getting paid so much more money and living in the fast lane of the ER. But oh yeah...my classroom is as fast a lane as you'd ever want to be in.