Yes, as you can see...I'm procrastinating this morning.
I have been on Facebook, more than once.
I have read all the current blog posts, more than once.
I have gone onto Pinterest, more than once.
And now I am doing my Currently blog post....don't worry, I won't do it more than once (even though, it is tempting).
Can you tell I am avoiding something?
It is that wonderful time of year.
No, it's not Christmas again!
It's time for that "O" word.
You know the word I'm talking about.
The word that every teacher dreads to hear.
Have you guessed it yet?
Now, after twenty years in the classroom, you would think that I would be fine with the "O" word.
In the past, I have always been fine with it.
I would tell them to stop in anytime they wanted and they would see me in action!
But now, someone has come up with a new process that they believe will BE BETTER AT DETERMINING A TEACHER'S LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE (You know...there is always a better way to do something.)
Because we all know that observing a teacher only once "in action" with a few additional 5 minute walk throughs will provide any administrator with adequate information on that teacher's ability to instruct. Right?
Oh, and did I mention that we have to write a dissertation as well. You know, prior to the visit so that administration will know EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE TEACHING AND HOW WE ARE DOING IT.
I am sure MANY of you are going through this process as well and are experiencing the same level of frustration regarding the new process.
I guess it is just my time to VENT about it.
I don't know how you feel, but as an educator, I personally feel that my time would be better spent doing other things to prepare for instruction, than spending six hours writing a dissertation on ONE LESSON.
But as I often say...."It is what it is!"
So, as always, I will NOW bite my lip and do what is expected of me.
AND....I WILL ROCK MY OBSERVATION!
For those of you who have stuck with me, thanks for giving me the time to vent.
Now, I am off.
Today I will clean my house (I have never been so excited to clean.)
I will do loads of laundry (I might actually let the kids roll around in dirt in their clean clothes just so I can have extra laundry to do.)
And, at some point today...
I will WRITE MY DISSERTATION (unless my computer decides to CRASH).