Time...just as everyone else says, is the commodity that cannot be reproduced.
Wow. Joining the F.L.A.T. classroom course was something that I had
considered for a while. I knew that working at United Nations
International School (UNIS) while trying to juggle night classes would
be a challenge. However, right now I am really trying to just stay
afloat. In two weeks I have flown to Bangkok to meet with another
teacher about a possible inter-school unit, spent four days at South
Saigon International School coaching middle school basketball in the
M.I.R.S.A. tournament (we won!), co-authoring a grant for stand up desks
in my M.Y.P. classroom, completing two days of in-school professional
development (visible thinking workshop) and finishing up an on-line
class about creativity at Stanford university. Some days it is enough to
make your head spin. However, that is life at an international school
My dedication to concepts of F.L.A.T. is strong, but trying to find
enough hours in the day to make it happen have been difficult. Little
things like having issues with the Ning (still can't figure out why I
have a 12-2 member profile, but it does not appear that way for the
administrators) are not fun, but are worth overcoming. We are 8 weeks
out from starting our digital citizenship unit with our year 2 M.Y.P.
students. I feel like there are parts of our unit that are very worth
sharing with the wider F.L.A.T. community. I want to merge that unit
with the Digiteen unit that I have heard so much about. I am busy right
now prepping a proposal for our principal about the F.L.A.T. conference
at Y.I.S. in 2013.
Sometimes it feels like I am taking care of some of the bigger things
with the F.L.A.T. course such as keeping up with meetings and readings,
but have a hard time checking the Ning everyday. I don't take days off
and really have no free time (I love it), but still need to find a
better way to meet the requirements.
I will get there. Julie has been great....and I really am enjoying the rest of my cohort. I will get there if I stay positive.