Education

Get Your Holiday On with TeachHUB!

TeachHUB Holiday logoThe fantastic teacher site TeachHUB.com [full disclosure: I write a biweekly column for them] is running a really sweet Holiday Giveaway.  Just visit their site and sign up as a member to get instant access to thousands of teacher resources, and for a short time this season:

The TeachHUB Holiday Lesson Plan Giveaway provides all TeachHUB members with unlimited access to an archive of 500+ lesson plans through January 18, 2010. All lesson plans are inspired by pop culture and news headlines, aligned to national teaching standards and are a great way to enhance existing curriculum. For more information and to access the archive of Pop Culture Lesson Plans, please visit http://www.teachhub.com/holiday-giveaway/.

There is no cost, and you won’t regret being able to view and download all sorts of useful educational tools!

Happy Holidays!

Education

Extended Absences

image from flickr user COG LOG LAB

Four months without a post.  Even writing it pains me.  Several authors (whose opinions matter to me) have suggested that “real bloggers” must post on a weekly to daily schedule.  Once, that may have been feasible for me, but the demands of my full-time teaching, my writing over at TeachHUB, and my family now make it impossible.  It seems ridiculous to me that as recently as six weeks ago I was making plans to start up a new website.

In the last few months, many aspects of my professional life have changed–mostly for the better.  In the space of two weeks, I met Alan Alda (at an exclusive press event for his upcoming PBS documentary “The Human Spark”) and was invited to join a district advisory council of teachers.  Later, I found myself in the office of my principal pitching a new position for next year that would focus on integrating technology into lesson plans all over the school.

My stock was soaring, and it still is.  But, the catch is that all of this has left me with some very big decisions to make:

  • Do I stay in the science classroom and work on improving my practice (differentiation, formative assessment, building a functional PLC) or do I push hard for this Technology Facilitator position with fewer headaches and smaller paychecks?
  • Should I use the occasion of a departing principal to jump ship and try out a new school or stay and reboot my reputation with a new school leader?
  • Is it better for me to stay in the classroom or to actively pursue a district-level position that extends my influence?

I have never been comfortable with change in my personal life.  Eleven years ago, I turned down a Fulbright fellowship to start graduate school mainly because I was scared of traveling away from the things that I knew.  I have stayed at my school (where my career began) through some pretty dark times because it’s still safer than the unknown.

But, on the other hand, who can say whether my career (and my life) will benefit more from building a legacy at one school, teaching siblings and developing relationships with community leaders, than taking my skills and personality to a new place and exploring the natural diversity of a huge school system?  In conversations with several more seasoned educators, the suggestions were split, leaving me to seek out my answers in my own way.

Suffice it to say, however, that Scripted Spontaneity will live on.  I hope to post more regularly about less serious topics and rebuild the community that once was.  Because everyone needs a place for their voice to be heard.

Education

The rumors of my demise…

boomerangIt has been a long couple of months, and I apologize for my absence from this space.  The reasons for my hiatus are simple:

 

  1. My aforementioned change of teaching venue became several orders of magnitude more complicated when two of my three teammates were forced to stay home for the second quarter of the academic year to deal with personal crises.  My team leader and I stepped up to the challenge of maintaining order in the face of shuffling substitute teachers and the student behaviors that come with this condition.  She and I now have a closer working relationship than we ever would have formed, and we are now coasting into our last week before a month of track-out/holiday break.  This has led to a nice post on the perfect substitute teacher, which should be up in the next few days–barring any excessive tryptophan-induced slumber.
  2. My work for the soon-to-be-live TeachHub website has kept my “free time” to a minimum, not that a full-time teacher/department chair and father of two small children has much of that to go around anyway.  I expect some of my writing to be available there as soon as the first of the year, but be sure to follow the progress here.

Regardless of the cause, the effect has been a sense of detachment and a longing to be back “in the loop”.  So, stay tuned for several new posts in the next few days.  I’m bringing the Spontaneity back!

Education

Shameless Self-Promotion

All three active readers of Scripted Spontaneity should realize that I am not in the habit of using this space to promote my other ventures.  This week, though, I am going to put my integrity aside to share a little link love.

As some of you already know, I am working with the K12 Teachers Alliance to create a new teacher website which will be launching in January called TeachHub.  To drum up some interest, they have started a new interactive blog here.  There are daily posts about education-related issues of particular interest to teachers, and polls to gauge the perspectives of its visitors.  It’s in a rough state right now, but I would be so grateful if you would meander on over and post a comment or two.  The author, who will be editing the new site, is seeking any and all feedback.

Thanks in advance to my wonderful network of professionals!

photo credit: flickr user wilmmulder