Jake reports on what has really been quite a remarkable re-entry into teaching after a long segue. I think he has decided well in terms of simplifying his job and of reducing daily stress. Note in particular what he says about planning below:
When I sat down over the summer to attack planning for my first HS teaching job in 9 years, I had the textbook, my laptop, curriculum maps, and a legal pad. Then began a process of elimination. After looking at the textbooks for 10 minutes, I was done. It was the exact same thing I saw when I was in high school 16 years ago. It was just dressed up nicer. So, out with the textbooks. Then, I started going after all the TPRS sites, gobbling up all I could, writing down everything that seemed relevant to me. Then, I joined this PLC, and I read more about the Invisibles and NTCI. I became a believer almost immediately. Then, out went all the lesson plans I had already drawn up (which they took me hours and hours to do 4 of them). Then, stillness on the waters. I have entered into this school, yes, a bit anxious for understandable reasons (new at a school, trying something new, etc.), but beyond that, I’m cool as a cucumber. I’ve seen MOUNDS of papers that English teachers and others are printing out, and I thank God for what I’m teaching and for the Invisibles.