This has been a good week. I taught on Monday (Campaign Finance) and it went well! I also taught on Wednesday (Why People Don’t Vote/Single Member District Plurality vs. Proportional Representation) and that went well too! Pretty much only good feedback from my mentor teacher.
Also, I was able to finish my lesson for Wednesday well before I had to teach it, which hasn’t happened in a while. And I’m giving a test on Friday to finish the unit, and I finished that well in advance as well. Seriously, actually having the ability to NOT work on something right before you go to bed feels AMAZING after those last few weeks.
My Teaching Event project is alllmoooost done. Basically, it’s for the State of California (it’s what I had to video tape myself teaching for). Anyway, there are 5 Tasks (Student Context, Planning, Instruction, Assessment and Reflection) that we have to write and scan student work for. They have from between 3 to 8 complicated prompts each, AND each one (minus Student Context) has 2-3 complicated rubrics. The Tasks that I’ve finished writing have come out to be around 15 pages each so far.
They’ve spent ALLLLL YEEEAR prepping us for the TE, holding lengthy seminars on how to complete the questions, etc, so it’s hard not to stress about it (the amount of questions we have to answer is enough to make you stress out, let alone the fact that we’re going to be graded and it’s a requirement to pass in order to get credentialed). BUT — apparently, unless you seriously start it the weekend before it’s due, everyone passes. Which is awesome to know, and this year has definitely NOT been my best academic year (in terms of caring about the quality of work I turn in to professors, due to the LESSON PLANNING FOR ACTUAL students that I am responsible for), BUT it’s hard to be handed a project and not try my hardest. One assignment is one thing, a big, potential 70-100p page project is a lot to not try for, you know? PLus, even though I know that I’ll probably pass, I of course have this fear that I will be the one person who DIDN’T wait to start until the last minute and who STILL didn’t pass. So there’s that.
But all in all, it’s been a good week!