Monday, March 13, 2017

Spent hours on one lesson

Never volunteer for anything, that is one life lesson taught to me in the Corps. 

Well... this year I volunteered to teach a one hour class to a group of 5th graders in one building.. This was my 10th year out of the classroom. It is not like riding a bike! While the class sizes were larger than I anticipated, about 32, I'm making some progress.

I'm doing a pilot for the elementary version of PLTW. Some of the science has been difficult for the kids. I can empathize the teachers who only get 47 minutes to teach a subject before the kids leave for the next subject. Some days it feels like I don't get anywhere before the bell.

I spent much of today reviewing, testing and creating a lesson that might take a billion years or two hours to complete. 


  1. PLTW is such a worthy endeavor. Kudos to you. We recently had a PD, at one point watching a TEDtalk about letting kids struggle in order to let them think. When the presenter said "struggle", I cringed, but then as he went on to make his point, I thought of PLTW and how kids can be such great problem solvers. Stay strong. Your work makes a difference!

  2. My husband has a saying: "No good deed goes unpunished." We have the best of intentions, but sometimes other things get in the way.

  3. Though the workload may be heavy, what you're doing sounds absolutely amazing( and I'm positive the kids must be loving it)! I'd love to come watch a lesson sometime! :)