Update and T-TESS
Well, it has been a whirlwind of a few months. When summer band kicked off, I wasn't able to keep up with school, professional development, rehearsal, and putting together about eight different sessions at our district's symposium this year. Needless to say, I've been quite busy. Marching season really takes up every waking minute of your life, but I wouldn't change it one bit. We had an incredibly successful season that only ended the weekend before Thanksgiving. Now that I'm a little less sleep-deprived, I feel like I can finally get back to work on this blog!
This year, I will be evaluated using Texas' new system called T-TESS. It's the state's way of seeing if you're a capable teacher or not. This new system places a lot of value in your lesson planning and personal development as an educator. Part of my requirement was to articulate a set of personal goals for myself as I grow as an educator. I listed different ways I'd like to explore the technology side of education and how I can help other teachers. Specifically, I want to blog more about issues with technology and music education, tweet more, present more, and create more resources for others to use. I fully intended to being this in August, but as any band director in the state can tell you, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA not happening.
Now it's December and I can finally start! Stay tuned to this blog and my twitter account for updates, lessons, and learning experiences.