I am charged with facilitating our middle school PBL program and a variety of "other duties as assigned" (although to be truthful, I volunteer for most of the duties).
Our staff is small (20 certificated staff, 12 Instructional Assistants) and our classes are small (right now the largest is 9 students).
Like in "dog years," though, there is a calculation for our students that is a simple multiplier
- one boy at my alternative school = 5 boys at a comprehensive school
- one girl at my alternative school =
400 screaming hawks at a squirrel convention9 girls at a comprehensive school
So, yeah, I have been working some crazy hours since school started, and yesterday I was feeling
an overriding exhaustion the cumulative impact. We are off today, a day
designated as "Fair Day" due to a local humongous agricultural fair that seems to have existed since the dawn of time. Last night, I also I worked at our nightschool program (AKA Twilight, believe it or not), so my day started at 7 and ended at 7.
|Historic Grandstand at the Fair|
What does this have to do with Connected Courses?
In the midst of all of this at school, I checked my phone and saw that Terry Elliott had posted Iconoclasty 101. I told myself, "You have no time to read that," and immediately found myself reading it. "Damn you, Terry." I did not have time to write a comment. Yet I did.
You #Connectedcourses people are making me a little bit crazy.
Aside from Terry, the piratical iconoclastic modular-home blower-upper:
I have Simon Ensor, with his open, vulnerable, humble writing that I see alternately as beautiful sushi rolls or foaming steins of beer. Maha Bali making me think about Twitter as half eggs, and online trustworthiness. Howard Rheingold, self-professed online instigator, keeping us all connected. Kevin Hodgson, fellow non-higher-ed-ucator, making comics that intrigue and entertain. Mia Zamora declaring #ccourses a guilt-free zone. Alan Levine teaching us to be bona fide smartasses online. Helen Keegan, fellow #ccourses addict enabling my addiction. The list goes on and on. If you are not listed, it is only because I am trying to avoid over-wordiness.
My name is Susan and I am a #ccourses addict.