"I’ve written about this before, and it comes down to one line: Confusion is the sweat of learning. If a student doesn’t get confused at some point in a class then either the student already knew the material in class, or the student didn’t learn anything in class. It’s just like going to a gym to work out. If you didn’t sweat and you didn’t get sore afterwards, you probably didn’t do anything."- Two Common Misconceptions About Learning | WIRED (via teachnologies)
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I didn’t gain a Freshman 15. Because duh, I’m a professional.
I did gain one my first year of teaching though. From eating bad takeout, eating at 9pm, and getting so down about work stuff that I would lay in bed drenched in self hatred instead of going to the gym.
The only significant thing I have to add to the plethora of first year teacher advice is to take care of your physical self. Struggling to find work clothes that fit isn’t fun. You have so many other things to worry about. Having the kids ask if you’re pregnant halfway through the year should not be one of them…
Because it’s me, my response was always “nope, you all just stress me out so I eat cheeseburgers all the time.”
Take care of yourself. Mind, body, and spirit.
Eat that cheeseburger.
Drink that extra glass of wine.
Watch some Netflix.
Then go workout with a vengeance…
Seriously though. BUILD INTO YOUR SCHEDULE NOW, AS IN RIGHT NOW, SOME TIME TO EXERCISE. And make it a priority.
I used to be (am?) the queen of: “This is more important than exercise” or “I’m too tired to exercise” or “I have to get this done first and then I won’t have time.”
But the truth is… Nothing is more important than your wellness.
In fact, it’s so important that I’m going to write another post about it..
So frustrated… I have been getting a lot of exercise lately, but my shoulder is still hurting so badly that I’m not sure what I can do for the next few days. :(
(Re: My earlier post)
Yes, we need to be open to and invite new people into our lives instead of just expecting them to come find us - we have to do some finding too. But we have very little control over when people walk into our lives (or sometimes out of them).
I don’t think that going on a ton of bad dates or kissing tons of frogs makes the “right” person show up any faster. And call me romantic… but I don’t think that that will mean I miss that person either.
A few girlfriends have given me the same advice about dating this week. ”You need to go on a lot of bad dates in order to go on a good one.”
I think that is shit.
I have somewhat chronic pain in my upper back/shoulder… It is usually fine but it hurts so unbelievably fucking bad today and nothing I do is helping.
Weird fish $2.50 at Marshall’s :)
Okay, so I actually feel like I could teach Geometry… if I could choose how to map the curriculum.
But with the curriculum map my school uses, it feels so messed up to me. Like, the kids have to start with knowing strict definitions of lines, angles, etc… Why can’t we explore those things and let them come about naturally instead?
It was a pretty good day. Classes were short today, so not much was accomplished. The kids seem like a good group, and I am excited to get started.
Is it normal to totally miss your students from last year though? I am really missing my old school and old students and old coworkers, even though I know I made the right decision to leave.
First day of school breakfast. :)