It has taken me almost a whole week just to figure out how I feel about this whole deadline issue. I think we have to work with our classroom to create what works best for our students. Dr. Ellington’s method worked well for her students, but I talked to a teacher in schools today and she said that would not work well for her students. I can work with this information. I think the “hunt down” method can be fantastic for the right students at the right time. I think deadlines are important for many students’ success. However, in the end, it comes back to what each student needs to be successful. Can’t I have “secret” side deals for when students need the help?
Maybe the reason it took me so long to figure this out is because of the insane amount of things due for me in the next two weeks. Will I get my work done? Yes. Will it be the most thorough? Maybe not, but that’s okay because at least I will have a great start on things that can be developed into something more beautiful later. I think my current situation may have an influence on how I set up my classroom. I would like to help my students not be zombies, but I just fear that what I do might not make any difference at all and end dream as a teacher will be shattered. I just want to make a difference and help my students, but I fear that I will miss many opportunities to help.
I feel these quotes represent all that I am feeling right now in life: