I woke up about 3 am last night, just like yesterday morning. I tried to go back to sleep, but too many things are running through my brain.
Last week was our district professional development days (yes, all 5 days). I have a mini team as we all teach junior and/or senior college level English this year. One of our colleagues is new to our campus (not new to teaching). Usually, during this delightful week of PD, we are given time to plan since our syllabus is due…well.. tomorrow. That didn’t really happen. I think out of the entire week, we managed about 4 hours together. And of course, some of that time was helping our new member with questions, etc. (And yes, we did meet one over the summer already). So…yeah.
We’re on our campus all of this week for even more PD. Yesterday, we spent about 5 hours in meetings. Of course we had our opening meeting which is always fun! It’s a chance to come back together and celebrate accomplishments and new people joining us. Uhm, the 2nd meeting was about a new district initiative …required by the state, to teach character traits? It’s still in process so there’s lots we don’t know. But it sounds like we’re going to begin actual lessons on things like honesty and kindness. One was patriotism which I thought was interesting. Anyhoo….
Our last training was active shooter training. It took over 2 hours because they kept giving us breaks so we could “take a minute” in case we had “feelings.” I get it. But let’s just get it done. I’m appreciative that our district is proactive, etc. and that it’s putting even more pieces in place to try to secure campuses.
However, there’s just so much that I believe we can do and should be doing as a society to try to address the underlying issues, etc. (that’s not being done) and with these trainings it feels like it’s down to schools/staff to solve this humongous, complex, and insane issue that it’s hard to just sit through a training like this. Basically, bottom line is try to keep yourself and your students alive if there is an active shooter on campus. GOT IT.
Well dang, sorry that went a little dark! Today, we have more meetings this morning, and these are campus specific so indeed important info and then, fingers crossed, my little team and I can meet and knock out our syllabus.
In other news, we’re STILL trying to get the Civic AC working, but I think it might be a lost cause. Already thrown a decent amount of money at it and it’s been to 2 shops, one a Honda dealership, and still issues and no cold air. Let’s put this on the back burner if possible until we get school actually started this coming Monday, shall we?😊
I hope everyone is having a great start to the week ahead. Take care! -belle