So, last month my principal begged for a teacher to sign up for the Next Generation Science Standards district committee. She needed two teachers to volunteer and no one had. Finally, she said she’d add $40 dollars to our supply budget if we went. So, because of that and because she’s new and I want her to think well of me, I said yes.
I should have read the fine print, man.
First, we had to write a science lesson that was linked to a piece of children’s literature. Luckily, I didn’t have to do much. I found the book, found the lesson, but the actual writing was done by my partner teacher. All I did was add the literacy link part, which was easy.
Now I find out if our lesson is chosen, we’ll be presenting/teaching the lesson to teachers from all around the area at the Makers Fair. And, we have to supply the materials for an indeterminate amount of teachers. We won’t have to pay for it, but our district doesn’t do reimbursements. So… they’ll just figure out later how we’ll get the money for these supplies. And, of course, our lessons is really supply heavy because that’s the way I roll.
I should have asked more questions about what I was signing up for. Fingers crossed that my lesson doesn’t get picked.
Tomorrow was supposed to be my crazy day. In the morning, my class was going to be taking a nation-wide computer test. In the afternoon, the school counselor was coming in to teach an anti-bullying lesson. Then, in the late afternoon, it’s Fun Friday. I’m not good with craziness, but I’ve had a week to get used to the insane schedule and was mentally prepared.
And now it’s all coming apart. My class roster hasn’t been uploaded or processed to the computer. The counselor has been absent all week. Fun Friday is still on, so that’s good. But now, instead of a fast, easy day of not having to teach much, I’m going to have to scramble about to make sure I have enough to do. I know that the number one rule of teaching is you have to be flexible, but I’m not very good at that. I mean, I’m flexible, but it throws me for a loop. But I know I’ve got plenty of stuff to do. I’ll be fine.