End-of-Year Reflection Questions:
- What was the biggest professional challenge you faced this year?
My biggest professional challenge was handling change. This year my district shifted from a rubric standards based grading system back to the traditional but with a numeric system mid-year. The changes are many! We shifted in our assessment practices to have plc's every week. The time it took to put a grade on just one paper into our new online system went from 23 seconds not to include grading time to 8.5 seconds. Yes, I have timed and timed and timed the exponential growth in the amount of time it takes to just put a grade with one sheet for one student. You don't even want to know how much time we have lost this year due to all the changes.
- What was the biggest personal challenge you faced this year?
My biggest personal challenge was returning to the classroom to receive not only love but GERMS! I was sick almost every month this year. I had pneumonia in March! It was terrible. At times I wonder how much my body can handle as far as illness. I took several courses of antibiotics and 2 courses of steroids. The multiple illnesses was overwhelming but fortunately I didn't take a day off for 2 years so I had over a few hundred hours built up. I still have well over 200 hours of sick time too. So I'm ready for next year!
- How do you think you've grown from your experiences?
Absolutely I have grown from these experiences as I am completely aware that things will change such as my immune system and district implementations.