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Too much on my plate?

It looks to be a busy year next year.

On top of being a math department chair and Pearson process facilitator, I am also looking at two completely new preps (or at least completely new since I’ve become a competent teacher): Algebra and Geometry.

Those two new preps come with trade offs of their own: they’re gifted classes, which mean that they should have slightly more motivated students (and thereby fewer discipline problems), but they’ll also require more carefully crafted challenges to keep them at the peak of their game.

This should be enough new stuff to scare me off of anything else, right?

So why am I seriously considering this request to be a master teacher that I just got for next year as well? It’s certainly not for the money. Please tell me if you think that I’ll be killing myself.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. H. | June 9, 2008 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Frankly, you’re already doing more than I can understand that you can cover, so I can’t speak to the question whether you could undertake more. But I do hope that you’ll find time for writing next year, because for generating concrete ideas for things to do in the classroom, this blog has been one of the most useful around this year. The archives will still be there, of course, but still.

  2. Mr. K | June 9, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! That’s a big part of why I started writing this (though it primarily aimed at reflecting on my own practices, and how well they scanned). That process has been valuable enough to me that I intend to keep it up, though the content level will be different.

  3. JackieB | June 10, 2008 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    What is involved in being a Master Teacher?

  4. Mr. K | June 10, 2008 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    That wasn’t made clear in the invitation – I sent a request for more information, but haven’t received a response yet.

    Unless it’s very clearly a push, I’ll probably pass.