Common Core State Standards for Louisiana, which is being phased in this year, and the new Compass teacher evaluation program. It's just overwhelming. (Thus, the picture, stolen from a co-worker's Facebook page which made me laugh.)
But, after sixteen years in the classroom I can confirm ... it's just another thing. These ideological fads have come and gone and this is just another. It may work, it may be wonderful, but this reinventing of the wheel every few years is ... what? My job? Challenging? Amazing? I don't know. I'm all for whatever works. I'm for whatever allows the red tape and bureaucrats to stay out of my classroom and let me do my job. I can teach. I'm trained. I'm experienced. Maybe Common Core will be the ticket. I'm on board and will give it my best shot. I have some thoughts I might share later, but not right now. I'll give it a good go right now.
Anyway, it's been good to see my friends and co-workers and we've had some fun through all the in-service, training, and workshops. Whatever comes down the pike ideologically, I can say that I do work at the best school in the parish with the very best people! Now that's something!
Meanwhile, life goes on while I'm consumed and focused on Common Core.
The Mitt Romney VP sweepstakes intensifies daily and speculation is rampant. I'm not going there. Both campaign camps are about to solidify and get real serious, and nasty I expect. The economy truly sucks. It's starting to show in places that have not previously been seriously affected. Business people are very, very nervous and holding their cards very close right now.
I'll probably be quiet here for a few days until school settles in and things get normal again. I've got to concentrate on my 75 new kids right now, but I'm here.