I love this movie and I think this was my favorite line. And... while my situation is very different than Reese Witherspoon's in this movie, I can relate.
I don't know what it is about this year, but OMWord, I cannot seem to catch my breath. And it seems universal. I have talked to friends in Michigan, North Carolina, and my step sister in Minnesota and they are feeling it. So much pressure, so much push, so much stress and we aren't even a month in yet! Why? I have the best class of my career (15 kids! That DOES NOT HAPPEN!), I adore them and their families, but still I want to cry almost all the time.
For me right now, I think I am torn between two philosophies. I am in love with Project Based Learning. My district is really excited about it, gave out grants to write lessons and well... do them. I spent my whole summer immersed and obsessed with PBL. But as excited as I am, and as prepared as I thought I was... I am feeling like I am riding two horses with one ass (albeit a pretty large ass). While we are moving ahead in philosophy, our grading standards and testing are the same. And well, they don't really feel like they fit. We are finally completing our first big project, but we have already "tested" our students on the unit....last week. So while I am working hard to help students direct their own learning, I know what they have to know on the test (which their GRADE depends on) so I am feeding them information on the side...like having a foot in two different philosophies and being pulled apart. Not everyone is doing PBL at this point, so I understand the test but it still doesn't make it feel better... at least yet.
I know that my district is expecting some growing pains, but I feel like I could break into hives at any time.
So I could use some advice from those of you who have been there and done that... please!