The Lazy Days of Summer Have Hit…

So, this officially makes the beginning of the second week of summer vacation and I can’t seem to get motivated to do much of anything.

It is SOOO hot outside (yesterday it topped out at 101), so working in the yard does not sound as appealing to me as it usually does. I have stripped the wallpaper from my bathroom and now don’t want to do anything else… so the bathroom just looks ugly at the moment. I have some things I want to do in preparation for school next year like work on some on-line staff development units, but I have yet to get started.  What the heck?!

I purposefully did not sign up for any additional roles this summer (summer school, curriculum writing, etc.) because I wanted to take some time and just be lazy, but now I feel like I need to be doing SOMETHING productive.  Apparently I am not good at just being lazy for very long.

I have made some audio recordings of classic folk and fairy tales and found some podcasting resources to send with my colleague Darren who is going to Africa in July. But, that has been the extent of my productiveness.  And, on a side note, for our last project of the year, my students created some nifty little teaching products to send with Darren as well.  You are welcome to view the directions, possible topics, grading rubric and a sample project for the assignment.

So after lazing about, I decided that I could AT LEAST write a little something here today and maybe this small act will help motivate me to do something else.  So, let me take a second to reflect on the 2007-2008 school year.

This year I taught English III part-time and worked as one of the Instructional Technology Specialists on campus for the other half of my job.  I must say that I enjoy doing both, but am not sure if doing both at the same time is a great idea, at least for me.  I feel like I was certainly competent at both positions and did a pretty good job at each, but neither of them is really a part-time job so it was difficult for me to ever concentrate on either role.  Sometimes in the middle of teaching someone would call the classroom (instead of the office) for tech support, or they would only e-mail me a question and not copy the other ITS, and many times I felt the need to help them immediately.  Then, of course, on my ITS days I would have students stopping by between classes or after school for help or simply e-mailing me questions throughout the day, and of course, I felt the need to help them when they needed it.

All in all, I think I did fine this year at both positions, but I feel like I could have been stronger and more focused if just concentrating on one area, so that is what I will be doing next year.  My co-ITS from this year decided he would like to teach full-time again, so he will be teaching and I will be ITS full-time.  I enjoy both jobs so I am okay either way.

I look forward to being able to concentrate on my job a little better next year, and I can’t say I am going to miss the grading!

I can’t say I feel any more motivated… but hopefully I will get some inspiration soon!

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2 Comments on “The Lazy Days of Summer Have Hit…”

  1. drawingfromlife Says:

    Hey Angela!

    I agree with you. Being lazy is not as easy as it sounds. People with regular jobs think we have it made with all of this time off, and they’re right; but at the same time, it sure does fly by, and lists of things to do seem to get longer and longer. I can’t seem to sit still for very long. We just found out we will be having another baby in February, so remodeling a new baby room is going to be my major project this summer. I have a lot I would like to get done in preparation for next year too, but it seems to be taking a back seat to everything else.

    Congrats on being full time ITS next year. You guys do a GREAT JOB!! I got all of my problems fixed after Mortimer screwed everything up, but now I am having another problem. I STILL don’t have Panda installed, and now I can’t even get Symantec to open. I’m afraid that my computer is not protected, and Michael hasn’t answered my email about what to do. I am hoping I can fix the problem from home without having to meet him in Irving.

    I haven’t been using wordpress lately. I started a blog on live journal; http://drawingfromlife.livejournal.com (I have some good friends that use it), so I’ve been writing there. Haven’t made many lj friends yet, though.

    Anyway, hope you have a great summer. Don’t worry, as much as we obsess about everything, things always seem to get done eventually. Procrastinate much??


  2. I am sorry Mortimar has given you so many problems!! Little Chauncey is working out well for me. 🙂

    Thanks for the kudos and congrats on the new baby!

    I am happy to say that I have increased my productivity at least a little bit, so hopefully I will be back to full steam soon.


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