Why is it that some classes are so much more challenging than others, especially when doing the same work and when the classes should be approximately the same student make-up? I had one of those poor timing moments when one lesson lasted the whole class period, and then I did it the next period and they were done about ten minutes earlier. I didn’t review their work at the end of class, but I suspect (as the second class is directly before lunch) that the students didn’t do as much work. I could be wrong, but I’m going to put my money on it.
In other news I ran into a co-worker in the hall today, and it’s one of the first times that we’ve actually been able to talk. It’s such a shame that we don’t get time to collaborate. I hope we get some soon! We have a Professional Day (PD day? Professional day day? Anyway, I digress.) and I’m hoping that will give departments time to co-plan or even just discuss how our year is going. It’s critical to our students and to us for us to have this time. I can’t express that enough.
At our school, the first Tuesday of each month is supposed to be a faculty meeting. The third Tuesday is supposed to be a department meeting. We keep having our department meetings usurped for “brief” faculty meetings that go on for far too long, and, in the way of so many meetings, could have been an email. While I can appreciate the point of faculty meetings in that they keep us all informed at the same time, department meetings mean so much more. Bonding, growing, stretching and teaming are critical. I wish we had more time.