These first days are so chaotic. I have been trying to understand why that is.Then yesterday, while driving to the "correct" place for an in-service, after having driven to the wrong building for the training that I was helping to lead-- it hit me. This time is chaotic because there is no balance. It alters the metronome of planning / teaching/ preparing/ planning/ teaching to the up in the air side of the teeter-totter. We meet. We deliver. We are trained. We do hands on activities to remember the training. We give feedback. We clarify. We meet.
As a teacher I am active. I move around with the students. They are my teammates. To sit in meeting throws the cycle of teaching out of balance. But---- How else would we be able to get the information that we need for this changing population of children we are working with ?How else would we be able to understand and connect with newly aligned curriculum? So up in the air we are for the first days and then the metronome can begin to tick, tick ,tick the life of teaching/planning/preparing/teaching/ planning/preparing back into balance .