Looking back at my previous posts I realized what a long haitus I have had from CoETaIL – so why is it that I don’ feel rested?
Ever since May 2013 the following items have been on my agenda:
- move out of one country that has been my “home” for the past 3 years
- move to another country that was previously my “home” but hasn’t been for the past 6 years
- move to country without a job or place to live
- be a part of sister’s wedding
- celebrate milestone birthday with family in Texas
- apply for jobs (repeat over 40 times)
- find job at private school in the same week as find a place to live
- start job where I have 6 prep periods
- become assistant volleyball coach one day to be asked to be the head volleyball coach the next day
- find out that I love the size of my apartment but quickly learn that I live in the ghetto
- realize that CoETaIL class #3 started weeks before I posted my first blog!
I miss my community in Korea, but am quickly adjusting to my new surroundings in Nashville, TN! I am wearing my cowboy boots as I am writing my first blog! :)
I feel as if I must have some sixth sense because even though I hadn’t read the material for CoETaIL week one, I was making adjustments to my previous class website as I started my new teaching job.
I used Google sites last year and was only moderately satisfied with the outcome. I didn’t like the outlook, and felt limited when it came to choices. I didn’t feel Google sites was user friendly even though my colleagues were tooting the Google horn! I landed on a theme, but found that my students didn’t really check the website as much as I would have wanted and that might have been for my lack of enthusiasm of the overall product. Take a look at my class website below.
As I read the article from Edutopia called Life on the Screen: Visual Literacy in Education, I found that one particular quote resonated with me:
“There is one major hurdle, though. The business world thrives on change. If you don’t change, you don’t improve, and you go out of business. The education world, it seems, thrives on stability and limiting change. There seem to be an awful lot of people protecting the status quo.”
When I started my job and felt my life was in a flurry of chaos, all I wanted to do was make things easier. I looked at my old class website and thought – I can tweak this and be done in about 10 minutes. As I mulled over it even more I realized that I wasn’t satisfied with the final product last year so why would I cover it up and hope for something better. Begrudgingly, I logged onto Weebly.com and created something that would accomodate my 6 prep periods and my extra curricular coaching responsibility. It took more time and energy, but as I send out weekly email updates to parents, I am proud of what I have put my name on. Plus, I have had several parents comment about the ease of accessing information!
Check it out - LCA class website
I don’t want to get to the point in education where I am afraid of change!
Let’s see if I can predict what week #2 will be about!