Thursday, November 3, 2011
100 Decisions a Day
Today was one of those days where I made a 101 decisions in one day. Let me tell you about a few of them. Let's start with the routine of my day.
In Writing Workshop, we were working on our iPod digital stories and every student needed help typically with a technology question but also learning how to edit their story. The hard part for me in these decisions included: When do I stop the whole group to learn a new technology skill that not everyone is ready for? Do I teach a few students and make them an expert but then how will they get their story done if they become the "teachers?" How do I help the struggling students who are still composing their story in their writer's notebook? You know the situation 23 writers in 23 different places and at least 30 decisions in 30 minutes.
Finally in life science, I am lucky enough to open our wall and team teach with Sarah, who is an amazing teacher. I was leading the lesson today and Sarah was working with a small group modifying the whole group lesson. During this time, we have "pull outs" including reading services, English Second Language services, and resource room services which brings me back to my next 28 decisions-what do you teach when you know these 8 students are going to miss class time? This is a life long dilemma for me because I know they need those pull out services, but I know they need the life science content also. If anyone has any suggestions, hints or ideas please leave me a comment.