A couple of weeks ago, I was celebrating my birthday with my wife and son–Dora and Manuel. As we finished dinner and lit the candles on my birthday cake, both Dora and Manuel said, “Make a Wish” before blowing out the candles. I made a personal wish, which I will keep to myself, and two other wishes that I would like to share with readers.
My first wish:
As more districts are requiring that their teachers use real-time data to drive instruction I wish I had an unlimited supply of copy paper and ink cartridges. If I am looking at real-time data to drive my instruction, I need to be able to print my instructional materials in my class room at the moment it is needed and not worry about whether I should or should not print an assignment because I am low on paper and ink.
My second wish:
At the beginning of the school year I was faced with the same dilemma as Mike Lee, I was going to be on medical leave and I requested a long-term substitute for five weeks. Luckily Ms. B, as she is known around the district schools, who has worked as a substitute in our district for many years was available and accepted the assignment.
I prepped and left her one week of assignments thinking I could prep from home and send her the assignments using email. Unfortunately, due to my illness I could not sit at the computer and email Ms. B lesson plans. One day Ms. B called me at home to see how my recovery was going and I explained to her that I was having difficulties creating lesson plans. She responded by saying not to worry and that she would follow my year long lesson plans that were on my computer and that she would plan all of the lessons. I checked in on a weekly basis with Mrs. B and after five weeks I came back to my classroom and picked up where Ms. B had left off and she did such a wonderful job with my class that it seemed as if I never left.
With this said, I wish Mike Lee had access to Ms. B, so he would not have to worry about long-term substitutes or be afraid of babies.