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Who knew lesson planning could alleviate so much anxiety?

I know. Duh.

I didn’t do much lesson planning this summer, which is unlike me. I’m usually planning on some level by 1 July and creating projects and units by August. This summer was different for a few reasons. Number one being I wasn’t really sure I would return to my school. Long story short: happy wife, happy life…and Mamma was ready for a change. We put feelers out to see if anything would jump off. Also, I had a great time visiting family this summer. Best since college days.

Although this year’s schedule is a dream come true professionally (secondary teaching wise…), it came with big anxiety. New class for me. High expectations for myself and from administrators. I talked big stuff about how I was gonna do the dang thang. I’ve spent a few of the nights this week looking at the ceiling and fretting. However, I’ve been planning and making serious progress mentally. With the big budget bump, I’ve worried about not spending enough and spending too much simultaneously.

I gave myself three days to plan each of my preps with hopes of being done by tomorrow. Luckily I added a buffer. I’m not done with Culinary, but I’m also not too concerned with making a decent start in the other classes, so I’ll work this class till Wednesday/Thursday. I also used some thinking time to rearrange the class which frees up heavy lifting time for more planning.

I used the CAI (curriculum, assessment, instruction) model to plan this year/semester. I have quarter themes, projects, and presentations set for the year and chapter focuses, recipes, and cool stuff detailed for the semester. I even have cross-curricular activities and guest presenters and tentative field trips planned.

Last big hurdle is purchasing food and inventorying equipment. I’ve never been one to sweat a daily lesson plan as long as I have a goal and activity in mind. I’m pretty swift with formative assessment and the project-based nature of vocational education fits my thought patterns.

I am 80% there.


Were furlough days like snow days to me?

I’m a jerk for thinking this, but after finding out that we won’t have furlough days in September, I’m slightly disappointed.

I know…so not what one would expect from a so-called dedicated teacher who’s ready to get this year going.

However, with a new schedule plus the normal adjustment period for everyone the first weeks of school, the short weeks seemed like they would’ve given me a good pace for laying foundations in the block schedule at my HS…and my 5-yr old starts kindergarten.

Ok. I’m over it. And…give me my money!

Vacay almost over. Yea!

Ok. As I lay on the blow-up mattress in my sister’s basement, I check my calendar and get giddy. It’s almost time to end vacation and gear up for another school year. This year, like the past five school years, means another schedule change. My HS offers a few interesting electives. I’ve taught US Minorities Studies and Psychology in addition to my AP Lits and ELA classes. However, this year is special because I’ve been wanting this schedule FOREVER.

I have ELA 11, AVID, and…Culinary Arts! Finally!

The teacher in the kitchen for the last few years finally got the transfer she wanted. That means Chef Julian is up in this piece and ’bout to do the dang thang.

Being the liberal arts phenom that I am, I’m aware of folks’ perceptions of vocational training, but I plan to shake up the world and teach this class at a high level while bringing the best out of all my cooks.

This blog will have my reflections, plans, successes, and challenges for this year. The focus will be cross-curricular votech, but don’t be surprised if a tangent or two arise.

For now, I’m still on vacation and there’s TV to watch and fattening food to eat.