So here I am sitting on the couch... piles of IEP (Individualized Education Plan--Special Ed. stuff) paperwork sitting beside me. I have this IEP meeting tomorrow morning... the 3rd this week. I need to go over it all, and make sure I'm ready to go.. but yet here I am typing up a blog instead. The Pistons game is way too close right now to turn it off... and Emily is already in bed preparing for another day at the hospital (so I don't have to turn it to HGTV). I guess this is what I get for procrastinating.
I thought maybe when I got out of college and faced my first real, no way out, deadlines... that procrastination would go by the wayside. I stand corrected at this very moment. I have already reinstated my procrastination techniques of college after only 10 months of teaching. However, instead of playing Halo 2 or going to the gym to play some 3 on 3 or launching water balloons from the church roof....I surf the web and write in blogs. I watch sports on TV and realize how the professional teams here are nothing to brag about. I beg Emily to go play tennis, go for a walk, go geocaching... or even play Scrabble. I might pick up the Wii remote and play a baseball game and get a victory for the Tigers (who are currently riding a 3 game winning streak), or maybe I'll bowl a game or two. --By this time, my backpack (yes my backpack), is put away under the desk until the following morning (nothing taken out since I got home). I head to school the next morning and ponder the whole way there (while listening to Mike & Mike in the Morning) about what happened to the night last night that I was unable to do the work I swore I would make time for. I teach on the fly. I schedule last minute. I leave when the bell rings to get home, to get out of school to do my paperwork and planning in a neutral site... but alas, the aforementioned process starts all over again. I had good intentions, truly, I did!
Well I gotta go, the Pistons are losing their lead... oh yeah, and that paperwork next to me......
DISCLAIMER: I do not always teach on the fly. I always have my plans for at least a few days in advance... but as a teacher, teaching on the fly is just something you need to be able to do. I do not schedule last minute on all occasions, I usually give a week's notice. And, I do not play two games of bowling... it is one game at the most.
Oh and one more thing-- Congrats to my friend Rachel for her good news in the world of education~ We shall soon be swapping teaching stories again!