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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


From Sam: "... as teachers, I thought it might be fun to make — at the end of the summer and the end of the academic calendar — some resolutions." He has rules. Go read them.

I copped out in the comments with a link to a google document full of ideas I didn't want to forget when the exhilarating panic is followed by the depressing "time to make the donuts" of the first few weeks of school. But those are just ideas. I can't do them all. And they're mostly technical. They would be minor improvements to the housing, when I really want to increase the payload.

I hereby resolve to:

1. Rewrite Boring Lessons. I am good at making my lessons effective in the mode of a few well-chosen examples coupled with ample and varied opportunities for practice. This year I want to rework lessons with the priority of making them not boring. I am not good at this. Yet. I'm afraid they will necessarily have to be less absolutely clear and thorough. Trying not to freak out. Deep breaths.

2. Stay Positive. I won't complain about a student to my colleagues or family. It makes me feel better for half a second, and then makes me feel like crap, and is otherwise totally unproductive. In the past four years I have gotten a million times better at lengthening the pause between think and speak, and installed some industrial-grade filters. One more shouldn't be that hard.