Harried and running on little sleep after two weeks of marathon reading and checking, I crammed the arrangement of my students’ work for our school’s portfolio day. I remembered to snap a few photos of the Ekonomiks output but completely forgot to take pictures of the English 8 output. Augh, I need to document better. But well, here we are.
My motif for the following was Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligence but I didn’t have enough time to put up samples for number smart and music smart:
I look at these now and these artifacts somehow reassure me that my students have learned something in the quarter they have spent with me. But before I even let this consolation lull me into complacency, I remind myself that looking only at the best work buries the worst. Yet it is the worst work that can show me the most clues about what I need to do to improve my teaching technique.
I want to document my work and my students’ work better. I want to analyze and tease out the problems from the cluttered observations and assessment results. I want to devise effective solutions. I want to have a reflective practice. But right now, I feel too tired to keep my thoughts straight. I know this will lead nowhere but my own incoherence. Maybe the first thing I need to do is get a decent amount of sleep and keep off the coffee.