Did you notice that I had a flurry of posts and then disappeared? After yet another snow day on Monday, I’ve been running at about 100 miles an hour. Right now I’m in an airport, taking care of business. Emails are flying back and forth about several pending things. Everything has to be done before spring break. I’ve mentioned before that 50% of my job is managing the Academic Tech stuff at work and that’s where most of my work is right now. We rolled out a 1:1 program last year and we’re expanding it this year, which involves all kinds of communications, training sessions, budgeting, and other administrative tasks. I have several colleagues that work with me on this but just keeping us all on the same page is a challenge, despite using a variety of technologies.
In addition, I wrote a little web application to manage student voting, which is going on now. I have to “close the polls” in a little bit and run the code that calculates the results. It’s not a huge amount of work, but it’s on a strict timeline.
That leaves little time for you know, the teaching stuff. Grades were due Tuesday, so I did a lot of work on that, and a new trimester started, so I got new kids. I’m busy getting them ramped up, but we’ll be disrupted a bit by spring break. I really just want some time to structure some lessons, to look forward through the rest of the year and make sure we’re all on track in all my classes, and I have to think about next year as well, where I’m building a whole new curriculum. I’m building in an 8th grade elective as well, so there’s a lot going on, and I just feel like I haven’t had time to really think about all that and think through all the moving parts.
And that doesn’t even include the time I need just to eat, sleep, hang with the family, etc. I feel like my house is a hotel right now. I show up to sleep but otherwise, I’m not really there. Once spring break hits, I know I’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel. And having busyness like this makes me even more grateful for summer, where I can spend some time tinkering with things, thinking about stuff and yes, some relaxing.