A New Year and A New Idea?

back_to_school_948975I am starting school tomorrow and I will have over 155 students to care for, teach, lead, discipline, grade papers and make sure they all pass their standardized tests.  Sounds like an awful lot, plus I will have to attend meetings, parent conferences, make phone calls home, keep my website updated, plan lessons, respond to a slew of never ending email, attend ARD’s, walk through and evaluate my teachers, give feedback to teachers and students, attend extra-curricular activities and do everything else a “regular” person does on a daily basis.

I thought it might be interesting to chart and record a year in the life of a teacher. I teach 7th and 8th grade social studies at San Jacinto Junior High School in Midland, Texas.  For the most part I enjoy it, but unless you have walked in the shoes of a public school teacher these days it is hard to fathom the number of hats he or she wears.  So journey with me as I try to give you a taste of what it is like to teach for a living.

I will chronicle as much as I can from the morning into the wee hours (sometimes I have to stay up late or get up early).  If you happen to read this and are a student, colleague or one of my many bosses, rest easy, no names.  I will try to “tell it like it is” but do not want this to become an exercise in blowing off steam.  Certainly there very well may be some of that, but my goal is bring you into the life of a public school teacher so maybe we can begin to do education better.

I may blog multiple times a day or may go a few days without blogging.  My goal would be to blog 5 times a week so that by the end of the year I would have 175 posts.  I think that will be an adequate number to give you an idea of what goes on.  Truth be told, I would rather have more like 250, but we will see.

My wife and I have started a podcast over at www.twoteachersintexas.com where we discuss our lives as  teachers, parents and youth pastors.  Check it out and be sure to sign up for our blog updates on both sites.  Here’s to a great year!!

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