What I’m working on this week includes too many things. And whenever I get into “too many things” territory, I’ll follow the advice I always give to students who find themselves similarly overwhelmed: make a list, prioritize, take on one thing at a time.
Professionally (outside of school):
- Finish Gatsby #DisruptTexts chat reflection and post.
- Draft #DisruptTexts pages for website.
- #TeachLivingPoets chat tonight.
- Outline blog post series on bias.
- Finish book proposal.
Professionally (for my students / in my classroom):
- Map out first semester of American Lit, including:
- Summer reading (Fallen Angels): reread text to find passages to match with non-fiction articles
- This I Believe Essay Writing
- Native American / Indigenous literature unit (finalize texts for lit circles, curate non-fiction and media resources, sequence)
- The Crucible (finalize essential questions): check/participate in #DisruptTexts Crucible chat this week
- Japanese American literature (w/contemporary connections); finish reading NCTE literature series resource, compile resources
- Apply Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards to all units – need connecting thread across all units
- Draft syllabus
- Review The Things They Carried for AP Lang
- Map out first semester of AP Seminar (meet with teaching partner)
- The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
- Troublemakers by Carla Shalaby
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Beyond Literary Analysis by Marchetti and O’Dell
- The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly (read aloud with my boys)
I like the advice of just getting “one thing done today” so I’ll focus today on the first bolded items. I’m also teaching American Lit for the first time in more than ten years, which explains all the action items listed under it. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. Summer is almost over and I’m not even close to being ready yet, and I can already feel that familiar anxious knot tightening in my chest.
Deep breaths, I tell myself. Just one thing at a time.