Somehow, it’s Sunday night again and I’m still up at midnight planning. Again.
I have no idea what to do with seventh period tomorrow. And by “seventh period,” I don’t mean a particular group of kids–I mean that chunk of time. Ever since I started teaching the AP Calc kids, I have four preps and two seventh periods–one full of my wonderful, abandoned precalculus students, and one with my wonderful adopted AP calculus students.
Planning two lessons happening simultaneously is a bit ridiculous. I feel like I have Hermione’s class schedule but I have to do it without the luxury of her Time Turner.
Instead of a clear stream of bullet-points, my thoughts spiral around in circles that go nowhere: “… fifth period precal is learning slant asymptotes and holes tomorrow, so maybe I could leave the notes with the sub for seventh period precal and have them do the same homework–but wait, no, because they never learned vertical or horizontal asymptotes last week because I was next door teaching calculus. So I guess I can leave instructions with the sub to teach vertical asymptotes, since she said she’d learn it over the weekend. Or maybe I could put the sub in with Calc and give them another review assignment. Or I could get calc started on something and jet over to precal to give them the notes and then go back to the calc kids? Or maybe I could put calc and precal in the same room? What’s 19 + 17? Calc is in the middle of evaluating limits, but I bet they don’t know how to find asymptotes without seeing a graph… plus they haven’t done limits with infinity apparently, so maybe this would be a good intro…”
TWO DAY WEEKENDS ARE NOT LONG ENOUGH. I’m heading from another weekend spent working into another whirlwind week with an incomplete plan and no solid footing, which does not feel like the steady chugging-toward-the-goal feeling that I wanted to be experiencing by now. I don’t even have a goal right now for half of my kids (see my last post).
… and somehow I’m supposed to find the time to do something that ISN’T work? Ha.