I sat down and wrote the previous blog post almost immediately after I had finished teaching my last bell.
I wanted to make sure that I did it because I was afraid if I put it off I would not write it at all and I want to build a regular habit here.
I think I may still try to write the daily post sooner rather than later but now that I have had time to reflect on the day I thought of what might have been a mistake.
By South Carolina law I had to talk about the EOC (End Of Course) exam and the standards that the students are tested on. I mentioned that the law required it and that I would rather not talk about standardized tests on the first day. While both of those are true, I am wondering if it was a mistake to phrase it that way because it sends the message that I don’t have control over what is going on in my classroom.
That has a lot of truth to it–there’s departmental, school, district, state, and national policies to adhere to. But I do have some control and creative direction and I regret communicating the situation to the students that way.
Well. Here’s to tomorrow.