Wednesday, August 3, 2011
It's all about perspective
In a week or two (or more if you teach in a district that starts...gasp!... after Labor Day) we'll be up to our armpits in alligators. Last year, at a reading conference I attended, Lester Laminack (I think because that page isn't labeled in my Writer's Notebook, but it is right next to a page of things he did say) said, "Once the year begins you can't see the forest for the trees." That's how I feel right now. I have a pretty good picture of the forest. I have read all my IEP's, anecdotal records for each student and more books on ASD than I care to count (I am so, so, so glad that I live near my alma mater and the good folks in circulation allow alumni to check out from the research library). Still, I know even though I am prepared, I am not actually in it. That's the part that I lose sleep over. There are things in this new adventure that I don't have real-life experience with (but I probably read about it). I just hope my learning curve is steep.
Written for your enjoyment by Frau M.