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April 15, 2008

Well, I am finally done preparing my lesson plan for my teaching observation. And, really, it wasn’t so bad. I am going to lay out the steps for you:

How To Effectively Plan A Lesson After An Eight Year Break From Classroom Teaching:

Step One: Your future (um, hopefully) Principal asks you to teach on the bards. Ask “what is a bard?”. Go immediately to Type “bards”. Be amazed at all the information about bards. Bards. Bards. Bards.

Step Two: Take a break from laborious lesson planning and go to Nordstroms. Look at Eileen Fisher clothes. Spend four hundred dollars on an outfit for your observation. Return the outfit when you realize that linen wrinkles a lot – not when you are convicted about your outlandish spending.

Step Three: Order four books on Shakespeare from your prime account. Use only one of the books when planning your lesson. Wonder aloud why you have difficulty staying in a budget.

Step Four: Spend the day at the library trying to write your lesson. Be amazed at HOW CREAKY YOUR BRAIN FEELS. Were you ever smart? No, you think not.

Step Five: Get a firm rebuke by the librarian for having your iPod too loud in “The Quiet Zone”. Type nonsense words on your laptop while you try to get over the embarrassment. “Do not cry it is ok you did not know your music was loud do not cry.” Type until you calm down.

Step Six: Go home and download several episodes of “What Not To Wear” from the i-Tunes store. You are going to be professional! You are going to look nice! You spend several hours on this instead of researching the bards.

Step Seven: Talk with everyone about your nervousness. Dream about your children wandering around the school in their underwear. Still don’t open laptop.

Step Eight: MOTIVATION! Husband hires a sitter for the afternoon. You pray. You get focused. You realize that you CAN do this. You will NOT pass out or cry in front of the students. You were a good teacher. You ARE a good teacher.

Step Nine: You type and type and plan and type some more…you are DONE! You are ready!

Step Ten: You have two hours left before your sitter leaves. You are going to the bookstore and get an cold iced coffee. You are going to sip your drink and look at fun books.

For the first time in over a week, you are relaxed.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. beckyknight permalink
    April 15, 2008 3:54 pm

    You are going to do GREAT! I believe in you!

    love, Becky

  2. April 15, 2008 8:18 pm

    You’ve got this! You’ll do amazing.

  3. April 16, 2008 1:03 am

    totally praying for you !!!!!

  4. April 16, 2008 8:19 am

    I was thinking about your post last night. I think it was Beth Moore on one of her videos talked about wanting to ask a cranky clerk, “Did you miss your quiet time this morning?” THAT’s what I think about the librarian! 🙂 Please tell us what day you are going to be doing this so we can pray for you.

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