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Lesson Plans

Re: feeling overwhelmed

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Tue, 12 Oct 1999 19:15:03 -0400

Aaron and Jennifer wrote:
> I have a question for all you veteran teachers. I am starting on the
> grand voyage of teaching my curriculum, since our district does not have
> one. Someone once told me that as a new teacher, one should create at least
> one lesson a year (a semester in my case) and do it really well. (Having
> good visuals, resources, videos, etc., etc.) Right now, I am trying to not
> overwhelm myself with too many projects like that. For instance, right now I
> am preparing a lesson on Frida Kahol. I have selected passages for the
> students to read and works of art to look at. I am also looking for a video
> on her, too that I have access to. Of course, I still need to get everything
> together for the meat of the project - a self-portrait. I am barely staying
> afloat making sure all the stupid administrative things are getting done.
> (Like attending meetings that have been cancelled, but no one notifies me
> and of course it is my fault for not being a mind reader. Sorry, a little
> bitterness.)
> I am getting a little winded. All in all, I finding myself becoming
> burnt, not burnt out, just crispy. I don't want to do a second-hand job
> teaching my students. In turn, in order for me to teach them "properly" I
> have so much to do. I really don't have any other resources. The other art
> teachers in the district merely teach how to draw cartoon characters - at
> least from what I have seen and heard. Is this "normal"? To feel crispy as I
> do? Am I doing too much? I am trying to convince myself that I am not, and
> that I have so much to do because I have not built a base to work from. (A
> general base of projects and project materials) Any advice will most
> appreciated.
> Jennifer in Michigan

Beware, there is a video on Frida that's an independent art film. It's
called Frida. Don't use it. It's not appropriate.