I’ve reached my saturation point. My brain is officially full. No more new information may be added without something spilling out of my ears.
This week I spent two whole work days being trained in my new math program. The information was a long time coming and welcomed. I have been struggling to manage all the new components of the program: the new manipulatives, the new content, the new scope and sequence, the new teacher’s edition and my mood associated with trying to implement a program I had not been trained to use.
The training was amazing! The new coach hired by our district is professional, well prepared, knowledgable and funny. I now understand what to do, when to do it and most importantly how to do it. The training was originally a five day program that was condensed into two days. You do the math… it went quick and it was a lot of new information!
Today I went back to my class armed with all my new information, lesson plans and management ideas. Math was so much better today than all the other days combined.
After school today all the grade level teachers met to talk about – you guessed it – MATH! Again, excellent ideas and another well prepared, well executed meeting with ideas to take back to the class tomorrow and immediately implement.
Then I came home tonight and started working on my yoga teacher training homework. I had to re-do my anatomy quiz so I dove right in and started working. I got out the books and went on a good old fashioned information search. I turned it in (fingers crossed!) and now I’m sitting here with a headache and feeling of dread that I can not maintain this pace.
Which brings me to the real point… what was I thinking taking on this intensive teacher training during a school year? There are only so many hours in a day and only so much new information a person can take on at any one time. I’ve reached the point where I can’t take in any more information or do any more assignments.
Maybe tomorrow I can try it again.