When I started this blog over 4 years ago(!!?!), I promised to be honest and unpolished. Teaching is never easy, and flipping can be tough. #nofilter seemed the only way to go. Sometimes I censor myself because ya never know who's reading these pages. (The weebly.com stats tell me that I get a few thousand hits every month, but who knows how many of those are just bots or trolls?) I have a job to keep, students' privacy to protect, and I'm not interested in bad-mouthing anybody across the world wide web.
That being said, I'm just not feeling great about things right now. This is not a cry for help, but more like a marker in the sand of how things are going on January 5, 2019. In a lot of ways, this is just a typical feeling for me about the start of a new unit. The "how the Constitution works" unit has ALWAYS been challenging for me. It appears this time of year (January / February) when the weather is unpredictable, and I'm in that middle-of-the-tightrope valley between the start of school and The End. There are so many abstract concepts to cover, and it can get dry really easily .... it could also get heated and political and contentious pretty quick. Yeah I talked a good game a few days ago about renovating my class systems and blah blah blah, but making some of those changes feels physically painful. Yikes, it probably really shouldn't but here we are. It's a Saturday afternoon and I have already spent about 2 hours' worth of non-consecutive work blocks (plus the thinking I was doing on the treadmill for 40 minutes a little while ago). And now I am blogging about it. Healthy? Hmmmmm
All of this is not about flipping specifically, but rather my own $*@#ed-up work systems. If I were a New Years Resolution guy, then maybe I would commit to being a New Me in 2019. Instead I should probably take a break for an hour or two [:)]