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Well another weekend is about over. During this time, I have spent many hours working on little administrative tasks that I can't get done during the school week. For example, I have been working on email addresses for Beale and Ashton. The students who already have emails, forget what their username and password is. I have to go to the 1026 site and look them up. Then I have to reset them and then login as the student with the new password, and then reset the password again to the pattern we use. Then to help the teachers out, I made a spreadsheet for each teacher with their information. Name, class, username, and password. With this spreadsheet, I can see who still needs to fill out forms and then help the teachers get those students started with email. It is quite time consuming. I also have been trying to get students promoted in Sumdog. This is tedious work, when you are working with lots of classes. I figured between my 3 schools, I work with about 85 teachers give or take and also in that load are over 1,000 students. I may not directly teach all day but I have plenty to do. The teachers just want everything to magically work. That makes me the "magic maker". I keep trying to be that. Maybe eventually things will slow down a bit. But I still have a lot of "magic" to perform before then. Well back to work. TTFN.
Another exhausting week is done. You'd think a 4 day week would be better, but it throws the students schedule off and that causes disruption, add to that the 1 hour delay on Wednesday for PLC. That day seemed to last for 12 hours. I don't know who thought an hour delay was better than an early dismissal but I would disagree with them. I didn't get to Hannan at all this week. I really need at least 2 days at each of my schools, but I am not advocating for a 6 day work week, so Hannan just has to miss out. They have a few teachers there that help carry the load. So that is good. Beale is really in fine shape. They had Elaine Matheny last year and she really laid some good ground work. Ashton is coming along. They need some new technology. The worst thing that happened this week was that the internet was wholly unreliable. It was down for most of the morning for several days and was so slow in the afternoon it was pitiful. This is the enemy to my position. Everyone just wants to go get a textbook and forget about technology when this happens. I hate to see hard won efforts lost like this. I hope this issue is resolved quickly. Reliable, fast internet is so important to technology integration. Now to a little well earned relaxation.
I am a Technology Integration Specialist with the Mason County School System in WV. I work in 5 schools to provide embedded professional development and help teachers integrate technology into their teaching effectively.