It’s hard to believe I’m already in my final two weeks of Institute. Even while the days seem to pass so slowly, it seems like the weeks have flown by. I’m feeling pretty great about my class. So many of my students have been improving, and I really do think a good bunch of them will pass the class. There are still a few students who have a ways to go, but I have not given up. There are still a few more grading days and one more exam for them!
I finally have lesson planning down. I need to work on execution a bit, but the planning aspect is easy peasy lemon squeezy. The other day I had my CMA, my school’s CS and our LS come to my classroom all at the same time. They happened to come the one day that I was teaching the entire lesson. I got some great feedback from them, but am soe excited to have gotten a lot of positive feedback on my lesson plans. Now I just need to perfect my behavior management! I just get uncomfortable sometimes, and because I had no idea what I was doing when I set up my behavior management plan, it has not been very effective. I’ll be making a few changes the rest of this week, but I think in this case the majority of big changes I make will be put into place this Fall.
Something I was thinking about this evening on my walk back from the copy center was how much smoother Institute seems to be going for me than for some other people. Not to say that it is easy, but I have not had a number of the problems many of my colleagues have had, even some at my own school! I don’t know if it is my great co-teacher, my supportive collab group, my incredibly helpful CMA or if I just for some reason am getting it. I think it’s a crazy combination of it all. But I have not had a late night since the first week – I’m in bed by 10PM every night, with all my work completed! I was finished with everything, including my copies, by 9pm tonight. But as I was walking back to my room, I saw hordes of people crowded in groups in the dining hall working on their plans.
I am not complaining by any means; I’m a creature who loves her sleep. But I find it humorous that I was really preparing myself for a super rough time, and it has been pretty great a majority of the time. Of course, it would be 100 times better if the gym at Rice were open past 6PM, seeing as how most days we are in sessions until 6 anyway. But other than that, I’m loving my time here.