'The world’s information is doubling every two years. In 2011 the world will create a staggering 1.8 zettabytes. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of “information containers”… from here.'
Does it not seem foolish in 2014 to use time and resources to name what must be learned in a world where information doubles every two years? Educational standards making is an exercise in asserting power. Situating educational standards as even being necessary, tells us much about what is valued at school and in the larger society: standardization and replication."
People who follow this blog even a little probably know that I’m a special education teacher and case manager. What I have also had to become over the years is a math teacher, to the point where I got a provisional license this year so I could teach a credit bearing math class to a group of mostly non-SpEd students, and I will be starting a masters program in math instruction and curriculum this summer.
Now apparently I’m being taken seriously in this new role because next year I’ll be part of a three-teacher rotation between groups of 7th and 8th graders, in addition to teaching two (not one, two) alternative but not necessarily SpEd math classes.
I’m excited to play a bigger role in my school, and I’m really excited to have an opportunity to teach high achieving students. But I’m also worried. I’m worried that my expanding role as a math teacher is going to detract from the work I need to do as a special educator and case manager. I’m worried because I’m not on the same level as the other two math teachers in terms of content knowledge and pedagogy and I don’t want to be the weak link. I worry about having to teach, case manage, do graduate work, and be a father and husband all at the same time, and that I will end up not doing any of those things particularly well.
I also thrive on challenge, and work well under pressure. And I keep reminding myself that I’m in this position because there are people that believe in me and my ability to handle it. So that’s what I’ll do; fucking handle it.