27 June 2011

Styer-Fitzgerald Training

I am currently north of Seattle in a training for a new Functional academic curriculum that I will be implementing in the next school year. My district's thoughts on the program are high, and I'm excited to see how this goes. I'll be coming back to this program regularly with testimonials and reviews. If you know it or have used it, please share your experiences in the comments.


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02 February 2011

February 2011 Update

I realize I have not posted much in the past few months, but you can 't blame me because I'm a new teacher still learning the ropes, and I'm really really busy.  But maybe that's a good thing.  I am not one to accept failure.  I enjoy a chance to take on many challenges.  The level of focus required helps me stay sharp.  However, the last few days have shown to  be a valuable critique on my teaching style.  And that is that I rely too much on myself and not on a curriculum. 

The only advantage to this s that since i have so few students, I can meet them right where they are and help them build skills specific to their needs.  On the other hand, I have to be present in order to implement it, the students don't quite know what's coming, and everything becomes too subjective. 

How do I overcome this critique?  Well, it is easier to add flexibility to structure than to add structure to chaos.  So I'll find a social skills curriculum and accommodate it to my students.  A LOT has happened this year, and it seems to have been a long year already.  But I know that when June comes, it will feel as if the year has ended far too quickly. 

27 January 2011

The Vast Differences Between Parenting and Teaching

Are there any?

I don't think that being a parent or a teacher makes you any better or worse at being the other. However, I do have a better understanding of the parents' perspective.

So, back to the original question: Are there any differences between parenting and teaching?

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