I haven’t written a blog post in nearly two months. I guess learning my new job has been a little bit overwhelming. I am enjoying my new position; but I believe any time you start a different teaching job, the learning curve can be a bit steep. I need to remember why I started to blog, if I am to continue blogging. It is because it helps me become better, both as a teacher and, I believe, as a person as well. Even short blog posts, like I am certain this one will be, are important for me.
I have learned a lot over the past four months about the gifted and talented population. Mostly, I suppose, is that the majority of these kids seem to have parents who truly care about academic success. For the past seven years, the majority of my students and their parents cared little about academic success; and for the most part, their grades showed it. There were exceptions, but they were few and far between. So far those who argue that the biggest predictor of academic success in the classroom is “the teacher”, I would disagree. I believe it to be parental involvement. Intrinsic motivation is rare among middle school students…Parental motivation is NOT.
On a personal note, I am regaining my passion for cycling and hope to start racing again in the spring. I forgot the amount of dedication it requires to be really fit, but it is very slowly coming back to me. I have not been in really stellar health since I started working towards my master’s degree a little over three years ago. That stupid piece of paper seemed to really take its toll on my health and on my checkbook. Hopefully I can use the machine pictured above and some better eating habits to regain the health I possessed in my pre-master years. Thank God for New Years Resolutions!