Faith Without Work is Dead. How Busy Are You?

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 24-09-2009

I drive by this church sign every day on the way to work.  It makes me laugh.  Because I am CRAZY busy!  I must have a pretty strong faith!  But seriously, yes I am busy.  This year, in school, I have the following list of duties:

  • Teaching 19 classes per week.
  • Writing original curriculum for 14 classes. (some of my classes are split, so i teach the same lesson 2x)
  • Grading student work
  • Entering grades in headmaster
  • Updating homework blog
  • Homeroom duties
  • Fixing lab computers on a daily basis- minor things (terminals not starting up, internet cache clogged, mouse malfunctions, updates, crashes, freezes, kids deleting desktop icons or lab folders by accident, etc.)
  • Laptop Maintenance and send-out for repairs
  • Network maintenance
  • School computer maintenance
  • Integration and support for teachers
  • Chapel powerpoint
  • Chapel tech (i run the powerpoint and soundboard for our weekly Chapel service)
  • Website maintenance
  • New website make-over
  • Administering email accounts for school/childcare teachers
  • Email training for childcare
  • Installing new equipment

And that’s just the things I can think of off the top of my head. There are countless details that pop up during the day.  The thing that I have been working on most is my curriculum.  I spent most of my summer working out new middle school curriculum and trying to integrate in new web 2.0 technologies, collaborative learning, and other 21st century skills.  So here’s what our plans look like for the rest of the year:First Semester:6, 7, and 8th grade will all study the same three units, on different scales appropriate to their age and abilities:

  1. Internet and Email Usage
  2. Research, Evaluating, and Using Information
  3. Privacy and Security

Then, in the Second Semester, each grade will focus on a different topic.6th:

  1. Parts of the Computer (they will get to take apart and re-build a computer)
  2. Computers in Society (career applications, social impact, etc.)

7th:

  1. Software and Operating Systems
  2. Networking
  3. Video Production

8th:

  1. Digital Citizenship
  2. Problem Solving, Programming, and Algorithms

I think it’s a pretty good plan, and I can’t wait to see how the year unfolds.  I based these ideas off of the NETS standards, and also the MD State Tech Curriculum.  Now that our first month of school is over, we’re really starting to get into the meat of our first unit, and the kids can’t wait to use their new emails to start collaborating with other classrooms around the world.  Contact us if you are interested in a collaborative project!

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