Last week and this week, I have been feeling very overwhelmed and bogged down with too many things to do and not enough time! I'm sure many teachers feel the same way during this time of year. At the beginning of the year, I was very anxious and excited to try new activities, use the laptops, etc. All of this takes time to plan....a lot of time for me! Maybe it's the material we're covering in class or trying to keep up with coaching, but last week and this week I have reverted back to the old and familiar.
Last Friday I had the students take 5 minutes to write down what we have done in class that they have liked and what they have not liked. I received great feedback and suggestions. At the beginning of the year, I had the students complete in-class labs, activities, etc. They seemed to dislike the lack of notes and information discussed in class, but many of them stated they liked the labs and in-class activities over note-taking.
I need a day to refresh and reevaluate...I'm anxious to collaborate again on Friday.