Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Times Have Changed...

I started this blog last fall as part of my PLP group.  As you can see, I haven't updated it in forever.  However, I have made it a new goal in my life to update this every few days from now on.  Why the change of heart, you may ask?  A couple of reasons.  One is that several people have told me it's important for more women to share their voice and their message.  I believe that's true.  For many years, I have allowed my voice to remain a whisper but no longer will I hide.  I'm throwing myself at the mercy of whomever chooses to immerse themselves in my thoughts.

However, there is a second reason.  Several weeks ago, it was strongly suggested that I apply for CARC's Mathematics Teacher Facilitator position.  Nervously, I did so and anxiously awaited a response to my application.  It finally arrived with the news that I would have to prepare a presentation for my interview to occur in just a few days.  Wow!  I was so excited but absolutely terrified at the same time!  What format would I use?  They mentioned PowerPoint in the email.  I considered it.  I know PowerPoint inside and out.  It wouldn't be much of a challenge.  All I'd have to think about was my content.  I started gathering information that I wanted to share.  Found photos that I had already taken.  Told my students I was preparing for a presentation focusing on me as a math teacher and they agreed to be videoed and photographed.  I decided to use Prezi, although I hadn't used it before so I spent my time inputting the information while I was learning the program.  I sat down with my Vice-Principal the night before the interview (only 1 day after finding out about the interview) and shared my beginning presentation with him.  He made suggestions.  I made changes.  I went home and put the changes in effect but still felt something was missing.  So the next day, I gave each of my students in my math class a piece of paper and asked them to finish the sentence..."One thing Mrs. Berg does well is..."  The comments they wrote down almost made me cry.  I was truly honored!  I also spoke with a teacher, telling her the same story.  (I wasn't advertising that I was applying for the position yet).  She wrote up a fabulous quote as well.  So at lunch time, you could find me hunched over my computer entering these comments and fine tuning the presentation.  No pressure.  Interview wasn't until 4:30.  Oh wait.  They moved it up till 3:00 or as soon as I could get there.  Yikes!  Good thing I had a prep last block!  Race home.  Change.  Race off to the interview.  Darn.  Forgot that road didn't go all the way through.  Back track a couple of times until I got myself on the right road.  Whew!  I made it there shortly after 3.

I think the interview goes ok but I'm definitely nervous.  The next day, I get home after work and my husband tells me that someone has been trying to call me.  They had tried me at work but I was gone.  They tried me on my cell but there was no answer.  (I don't get reception in my classroom).  She announces to him that she has done her due diligence and now I have to call her.  To me, this means that I did not get it.  She leaves her home number as she is leaving work.  I call.  Machine picks up.  Leave a message.  I call 45 minutes later.  Husband answers.  She's not home yet.  I call 30 minutes later.  Still note home.  I'm dying here!  I ask him to give her my cell number...just in case.  We're going out to dinner.  I don't know if it's a congratulatory dinner or a consolation one.  Can't let go of my cell phone.  Dinner's over but no phone call.  Now I am very sad.  It's obvious.  I didn't get it or she would have called me back.  We arrive home and are just unlocking the door when I hear the phone ringing inside.  I pretty much shove my poor husband out of the way to race up the stairs and answer it.  It's her!  My saviour!  She's about to put me out of my misery.  But guess what!  I GOT IT!!!  I'm so excited that I can barely contain myself.  First, I tell my husband.  Then I call my mom.  Then I call my principal and vice-principal but the stinkers tell me they knew first thing that morning!  Aw man!

So, as of August 22, 2011, I will working for CARC as the Mathematics Teacher Facilitator.  It's a one year position possibly leading into two years.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with teachers focusing on math.

Now, how does this lead to me returning to my blog?  This blog will follow my journey within this position.  I'm not sure what my topics will focus on...basically whatever comes to mind that day:  a response to a reading I have done, sharing a lesson or activity I have created or found, a request for ideas, wherever my journey takes me.

I hope that you will join me on this journey.

Below is the prezi that I used in my interview.  Maybe one day I'll get around to adding a voiceover. 

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