Productive Chaos

It is almost 10:30 PM, my day started at 4:30 AM when my daughter woke up as my alarm went off. The rest of my day went about as it started, hectic with much multi-tasking. In the course of today, I attended a parent conference, discussed the presidential primaries with my seniors, helped coordinate the finishing of the freshman projects for my classes, including publishing work to our class wiki. I helped set up fellow teachers with technology, which will enable their students to use technology within the classroom in more areas. When I got home, I started my grad work, then played with my daughter when she woke up from her nap, as I monitored some professional development networks I belong to. I adjusted my lesson plans at school from home with a new program we are implementing at work. We had family time after a late dinner at 7:30 PM. After my daughter fell asleep at 9:30 PM or so, it was back to my grad work.

As hectic as the day was I loved it. I not only accomplished many things, I did them well, or at least I feel I did. The students carried the day, by asking questions during discussions and helping each other out with the technology, I just kind of guided the situation, but let them drive the content. Working with my colleagues, they wanted to add new wrinkles to their curriculum for their students, all I did was help with a little bit of a set up, they ran with the rest.

The hardest part was trying to work at home when I wanted to spend time with my daughter, she is my first priority. She enjoys playing on the computer, so I could update my work in small chunks of information with her on my lap “helping.” I would not mind if if every day is as hectic as today, if I could accomplish as much as I feel I did, with the level of success that I had. Tomorrow starts too soon, but I will see the results of today in the students’ work when I get up and check the class wiki in the morning. Hopefully my feleings are on the mark, today

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