Friday, February 08, 2013
Tonight I am tired, my throat is sore, and I feel achy again. Today was a pretty good day. We had observers at school the past two days. One group was there to observe "student engagement". They were sent from the regional agency of the state department of education. The other group was there to observe how well we were using the techniques and ideas we learned this summer at the Capturing Kids' Hearts training. The first group came in a bunch of times for 10-30 second observations - my kids were VERY involved and actively learning, so although they do NOT take data on individual classes or teachers but pool all the data for the entire school, I felt positive about how we are doing. The other group was looking at how we TEACHERS are doing, are we using the strategies and techniques we were taught. I thought that we ROCKED that one especially today. In fact, they asked if they could take pictures of some things I had modified and adapted for my students so she could share them in future trainings. I was just about busting my buttons over that. She is a nationally recognized expert and highly respected by our county administration. Since I don't get much respect locally for my ideas and work, I think this will make them sit up and take notice - especially if my ideas make it into the future trainings nationally. Anyhow, I was really happy.
On the flip side of that, I am really tired and achy and my throat is sore - not sure if it is anything REAL or just a long week - I didn't know how hard it would be to work a WHOLE FIVE DAYS in the same week - we have not had a FIVE DAY WEEK since Christmas break before this week and it was not REALLY a WHOLE FIVE DAYS since one was a 2-hour delay day. LOL
I will know better tomorrow if I am sick or just tired and weary.