I am beginning to think that lesson planning is preparing me for a new born baby. (Not that a baby is in our near future. I'm not pregnant--don't ask!) I hear you wake up all the time with new borns and that is how I'm beginning to feel right now. I wish my brain had an off switch. But no. I (normally) fall asleep fairly easily but then I somehow always start dreaming or thinking about lesson planning. And then the excitement wakes me up. (No, the excitement has --apparently-- not worn off yet.) I try to go back to sleep. It doesn't work. I move to the couch to allow Casey to keep sleeping instead of me constantly tossing and turning. Sometimes, I kind of fall back asleep on the couch. Other times, I just get up and start planning.
Today was one of those just get up and start planning type of a mornings. So here I was, wide awake at 5:30 in the morning. Anxious to figure out my 7th grade lesson plans. I still can't figure out why the 7th grade is taking so long! I thought it would be easy because I had already taught nearly the entire thing while student teaching. I missed most of the cooking and all of the marketing activities though. And that is what I'm working on planning. So I guess it makes sense that those two things take more time. Hopefully the speed improves soon though as I finish the food & nutrition and marketing section.
And I can already tell (unfortunately) that tonight is going to be another one of those sleepless nights. I try to ban myself from lesson planning after dinner time. But tonight that failed miserably. I am SO close to finishing this section and I just wanted to be DONE. So I started working. And I made major progress. We are going to have a restaurant simulation. The kids are going to apply for jobs (that is part of the standard that I'm supposed to teach them...? Really? I'm a FACS teacher and I have to teach about successful job interviews... um... ok?) and then make menus and advertisements. Then the next day (and luckily last day of cooking) I will make job assignments, divide the class in half and then create our own restaurant with half the kids being guests and half employees and then we will switch. I have no idea how this will actually work but it seems to go smoothly in my mind. (And the school I was subbing at did something similar and they liked it so hopefully it will work at my school too!)
Well... here is to praying that I find my brain off switch tonight! ;)